Whin­cup’s king of the moun­tain trail

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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