Whin­cup leaves hos­pi­tal to seal coura­geous win

Townsville Bulletin - - Motor Sports -

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.’’

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