Whincup vows to avoid conservative approach
Jamie Whincup has vowed that he will be pushing hard to win each of the final four races of the 2011 V8 Supercars Championship, despite holding a comfortable points lead following his double-victory at Symmons Plains.
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Whincup extended his margin over team-mate Craig Lowndes to 194 points with his win in Race 24, and can now seal the crown by finishing as low as sixth in the remaining races, even if Lowndes wins on each occasion.
Whincup says however that it would not be fair on the spectators at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge and Sydney Telstra 500 if he was to simply cruise to the title.
“We’re thinking about the championship and we’re not going to do anything silly, but we want to win races as well,” said Whincup after Race 24.
“I watch the footy, and when a team is ahead and starts kicking it around in the back lines for the last five minutes it really pisses me off. So we don’t want to be doing that – we just want to keep going hard.
“The guy or girl who pays their money to go to Sydney doesn’t want to see cars circulating to collect, they want to see a full on go. So that’s our plan of attack.”
Looking towards the conclusion of the championship, Whincup underlined his desire to complete less sponsor activities prior to the Sydney finale should Lowndes still pose a significant threat.
“Unfortunately no TeamVodafone cars have gotten near the podium in Sydney,” said Whincup.
“I’ve always had a pretty disgusting PR schedule before that event because things are pretty well wrapped up.
“I think that if it’s still tight we’ll make our best effort to go there with our best opportunity to focus until the end and not fall asleep halfway through.”
The Norton 360 Sandown Challenge will kick off in just five days time.