Jamie joins spin’n’win club

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News - TIM BLAIR blairt@dai­lytele­graph.com.au

A mo­ment oc­curred dur­ing last Sun­day’s V8 Su­per­car race at Tas­ma­nia’s tight Sym­mons Plains cir­cuit that demon­strated the gulf be­tween us or­di­nary pun­ters and Australia’s finest rac­ing driv­ers.

Try­ing to over­take Will Dav­i­son for third place, de­fend­ing V8 cham­pion Jamie Whin­cup felt his Holden Com­modore slide away from him. Rather than fight­ing this loss of con­trol, Whin­cup went with it, opt­ing to loop his ma­chine through 360 de­grees be­fore re­join­ing the race. Which he won, of course. The en­tire in­ci­dent cost Whin­cup only five sec­onds, but more re­mark­able was the in­car footage that showed just how com­pletely calm Whin­cup was through­out the tyre-smok­ing rev­o­lu­tion.

No wild eyes, no fly­ing hands, no panic at all.

Whin­cup now joins mo­tor rac­ing’s spin and win club, which in­cludes such no­ta­bles as Danny Sul­li­van (In­di­anapo­lis 500, 1985) and Al­lan Moffat (Bathurst 1000, 1973).

ASS MODE AC­TI­VATED

FROM In­dia’s ex­cel­lent On cars web­site, this April Fool’s Day news item:

‘‘ The Swedish au­tomaker Volvo . . . is now de­vel­op­ing an In­dia-spec safety tech­nol­ogy called the ASS, or the Au­to­mated Swear Sys­tem. The ASS will be ac­ti­vated and sub­jected on to other ve­hi­cles or pedes­tri­ans who come within prox­im­ity of 50 me­tres of the car. The ASS sys­tem will be avail­able only in English and Hindi lan­guage in the ini­tial stage. How­ever, in the sec­ond phase more lan­guages will be made avail­able.’’

In the third phase, for the Aus­tralian mar­ket, the sys­tem will work in re­verse.

NANO GO GO

STILL in In­dia. While a touch over 40,000 Mazda 3s were sold in Australia last year, more than 10,000 tiny Tata Nanos left show­rooms in In­dia last month alone, a record for the minia­ture peo­ple-lib­er­a­tor. In­clud­ing other mod­els, Tata sold more than 100,000 ve­hi­cles last month.

TOP OF THE RANGE

RANGE Rover was the first lux­ury SUV, but finds it­self swamped by su­per-luxo com­peti­tors.

No choice, then, but to com­pete. The brand’s peak Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy model al­ready pushes past $200,000 in Australia, while a com­ing up­grade, just an­nounced in Bri­tain, will soar way be­yond the quar­ter-mil­lion mark.

SIT LIKE A CHAM­PION

FRENCH de­sign firm Rac­ing & Emo­tion has a globe-shaped $3800 chair in the colours of Ayr­ton Senna’s F1 hel­met, among other equally bold styles. Just the thing for— well, we re­ally have no idea.

No panic: Jamie Whin­cup edges his Com­modore to the lead at Sym­mons Plains

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