Whincup rated highly by peers in V8 Supercar Drivers' Poll Current V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has been voted as 'the best driver so far in 2009' by his peers in the annual AutoAction V8 Supercar Drivers' Poll. Whincup, 26, earned the...
Whincup rated highly by peers in V8 Supercar Drivers' Poll
Current V8 Supercar Champion Jamie Whincup has been voted as 'the best driver so far in 2009' by his peers in the annual AutoAction V8 Supercar Drivers' Poll.
Whincup, 26, earned the lion's share of votes from fellow drivers, with 16 (55%) of them rating his achievements as field-leading.
The TeamVodafone driver also rated first in two other categories. He was voted the most respected driver (24% of the votes) as well as attracting a landslide margin of votes for the driver most likely to win this year's championship (79% and 23 nominations).He said he was humbled by the results of the poll which covered all aspects of the sport from the drivers' perspective.
"It's fantastic to be rated by your main rivals because from the outside, many people say I go alright, but your actual rivals take into consideration the car you're driving as well," Whincup told AutoAction.
"Although I feel like I'm driving well, at the same time I've got the best car out there, too.
"My main rivals understand that and are taking that into account. What can I say? I can only say that it's a great honour."
The results cap off a monumental twelve months for Whincup, who earned his third Bathurst 1000 crown on the way to a dominant run of race wins and the 2009 driver's title.A further accolade was the awarding of a second consecutive Barry Sheene Medal, the sport's 'Best and Fairest' award judged by media and motorsport greats.
His appeal has broadened to a more mainstream audience as well.At the beginning of the year, Whincup starred as part of Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete, an eight-part multi-sport program aired on the Nine Network.Most recently, he was approached by leading lifestyle brand Von Zipper to appear as the face of a major national advertising campaign to appear in retail outlets and promoted by various print and online mediums.
"I feel it's a win for the sport in general that these opportunities are being created," said Whincup.
"Its popularity is gaining ground on traditional sports and obviously has a real appeal to the youth and action sports markets."Personally it is very exciting to be involved with such brands and work with the people behind them."