Whincup leaves hospital to seal courageous win
LESS than 12 hours after being released f rom hospital, a f l ustricken Jamie Whincup jumped into his V8 Supercar and powered his way to a remarkable victory to seal a triumphant weekend for the Triple Eight Racing team.
In a courageous effort, the former champion blitzed the field by almost 11 seconds despite spending the previous night in hospital strapped to a drip.
Whincup fell dangerously ill on Saturday night and had to be rushed to hospital and was in danger of missing yesterday’s final non-championship race at the Australian GP.
‘‘ I can’t remember being this sick,’’ Whincup said after winning the $ 500,000 bounty for securing the most points over the three races.
‘‘ I am the type of bloke that never even has to go to the doctor. I was in hospital for a while and I am still feeling terrible.
‘‘ To be honest I am just glad it is all over because it really took it out of me.
‘‘ I was there until well after 12am and the staff did a great job making and I and we both ended up in the wall,’’ said Lowndes. ‘‘ There was just concrete there and we had nowhere to go but into the wall. It is one of those things and I am sure they will have a look at it. I don’t really know what caused it all.
‘‘ The other blokes just got caught up in it and that is unfortunate.’’
With the field reduced by five cars, Alex Davison took the lead but failed to pit during the safety car period.
On soft tyres, his team elected to keep him out to make the most of the faster compound. The move ended up costing him a possible podium with Jamie Whincup and half the field roaring past him when he made his stop late in the race.
Whincup was well clear of the pack when he crossed the line with Greg Murphy more t han t e n seconds behind in second.
‘‘ It was another event that threw up a different scenario,’’ Whincup said.
‘‘ There was a heap of craziness going on out there. We generally categorise our wins and there are driver wins and team wins. Today was a team win because they got the strategy perfect.
‘‘ I was right behind the early crash and you never like to see that because the cars were really damaged. I saw Craig and Rick get together and I couldn’t believe the carnage when I came around on the next lap.’’