TIMELINE: Jamie Whincup, the driver

Jamie Whincup celebrates after his cliffhanger victory in the 2017 Supercars Championship

The key events in the motorsport career of Jamie Whincup outlined ahead of his retirement from full-time driving later this year.

2000 Formula Ford debut
2002 Supercars debut, with Garry Rogers Motorsport in enduros
2002 Wins Australian Formula Ford championship
2003 Rookie Supercars Championship season, with GRM; loses drive at end of year
2004 Enduros only, with Perkins Engineering; finishes ninth in Bathurst 1000 with Alex Davison
2005 Back in full-time seat with Tasman Motorsport; finishes third in Sandown 500 then second in Bathurst 1000 with Jason Richards
2006 Wins first race for Triple Eight Race Engineering, in Adelaide
2006 First Bathurst 1000 win, with Craig Lowndes; final (effective) lead change is his pass of Todd Kelly upon the Lap 110 restart
2007 First Supercars pole, at Queensland Raceway
2007 First Sandown 500 win
2007 Wins Bathurst 1000 with Lowndes
2008 Record-equalling third consecutive Bathurst 1000 win, still with Lowndes
2008 Spins into ditch during cool down lap television interview after race win at Symmons Plains
2008 First Supercars Championship win
2009 Wins Supercars Championship
2010 Leads Lowndes to one-two in Triple Eight’s very first race in Holdens, at Yas Marina
2010 Finishes second in Triple Eight one-two at Bathurst 1000
2010 Finishes second in championship after all three contenders go into the wall simultaneously in a penultimate day thunderstorm at Sydney Olympic Park
2011 Wins Supercars Championship
2012 Wins Bathurst 1000 with childhood friend Paul Dumbrell after withstanding late pressure from David Reynolds
2012 Wins Supercars Championship; unofficially sealed title with event to spare
2013 First Bathurst 1000 pole
2013 Makes audacious attempt to snatch lead on final lap of Bathurst 1000 at Griffins Bend but has to settle for second
2013 Wins Supercars Championship despite a number of nervous moments in final race at Sydney Olympic Park
2014 Breaks Peter Brock’s pole record with his 58th, at Sydney Motorsport Park
2014 Runs out of fuel while leading on final lap of Bathurst 1000 after defying team orders and finishes fifth; had started from second-last row after crashing in qualifying
2014 Record fourth straight Supercars Championship win; unofficially sealed with one event to spare
2015 Penalised for passing Safety Car after defying team orders to pit in the latter stages of the Bathurst 1000
2016 100th Supercars race win, at Sydney Motorsport Park
2016 First to chequered flag but does not win Bathurst 1000 due to penalty for clash with Scott McLaughlin which leads to latter’s S60 and Garth Tander’s Commodore being wiped out
2016 Triple Eight’s appeal against that penalty dismissed; Whincup would state in a 2019 interview that he still considers sanction ‘brutal’ and wrong
2017 Wins Bathurst 12 Hour with Lowndes and Toni Vilander in a Ferrari 488 GT3
2017 Passes Lowndes for greatest number of Supercars Championship race wins with his 106th, at Sydney Motorsport Park
2017 Wins record-extending seventh Supercars Championship title in one of the most exhilarating and controversial finales ever, in Newcastle
2018 Leads Triple Eight one-two-three in Sandown 500
2018 His car loses a wheel while holding second on Lap 40 of Bathurst 1000; finishes 10th despite being off the lead lap until Lap 94
2018 Buys 15 percent share in Triple Eight
2019 Penalised at Pukekohe for passing an erroneously deployed Safety Car which would have likely cost him victory anyway; makes infamous ‘red wine’ quip shortly after the race
2019 Briefly faces prospect of Bathurst 1000 ban but ultimately avoids that and a fine after issuing apology to officials
2020 Pays tribute to Holden workers after winning Race 1 of season, following the announcement that the marque would be closed down just three days earlier
2020 Qualifies on pole for what would have been 500th Supercars race, at Albert Park, but that is abandoned along with the rest of the Australian Grand Prix
2020 122nd Supercars race win thus far, in Townsville
2021 Announces retirement from full-time driving at end of the year

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