Allan Moffat: Whoever wins will deserve it

Jamie Whincup and James Courtney

V8 title contenders Jamie Whincup and James Courtney

After one of the hardest fought titles on record, Australian Touring Car legend Allan Moffat says that whoever wins this year’s V8 Supercars Championship Series will be a deserving champ.

This weekend’s V8 finale – the Sydney Telstra 500 – is going down to the wire, with Jim Beam Racing’s James Courtney leading TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup by 53 points. Orrcon Steel FPR’s Mark Winterbottom remains a chance, but his hopes are only mathematical.

Moffat, a four-time Australian Touring Car champ, was not brave enough to pick a title winner, saying that the Sydney street track will throw up a great finale.

“It’s the greatest thing in motor racing to see the title go down to the wire,” he told

“After such a long season, whoever gets there first is going to be a very worthy champion, and V8 Supercars should be proud of the way the championship has rolled out.

“Sydney is not the easiest of tracks. In fact, it is a very hard track. Anybody would be nervous about going around missing the cement walls by two millimetres at a time. It will be a real tough fight, and it will be all the more reason for the title candidates to be proud of winning.

“I think it will be a very tough fight, and the real champion will emerge.”

Track action kicks off tomorrow, with V8 Supercars holding four practice sessions.

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