Whincup’s king of the mountain trail
CURRENT V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup tried to topple a different Townsville track yesterday when he and his Red Bull Racing teammates took on the Douglas mountain bike reserve.
Whincup was joined on the challenging downhill course by former V8 star and current Porsche Carrera Cup driver Steven Richards as well as a number of local fans and riders from the Rockwheelers Mountain Bike Club while teammate Craig Lowndes watched on intently.
The swap to two wheels is one that Whincup makes regularly as part of his fitness training for the demands of the championship and the six- time series champion said it was a great way to blow off steam before the action starts today.
“It was a great oppor- tunity to get out with the local mountain biking community, we were out there getting active, having some fun and now I’m really looking forward to a big weekend,” he said.
“Townsville has been great to us in the past but unfortunately that doesn’t guarantee anything this weekend.”
Whincup is the most successful driver in the history of the Townsville event with an incredible seven wins from 13 races at Reid Park since 2009 and the fourtime Bathurst winner will be desperate to improve on that record.
While his Townsville record is unparalleled, the 32year- old racer is enduring a rough patch in his championship defence and is in eighth place, 286 points adrift of leader Mark Winterbottom.