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JAMIE Whin­cup lost the Bathurst 1000 last year when he ran out of fuel on the last lap. There will be no re­peat this year thanks to one of the world’s more un­usual mar­ried cou­ples, John and He­len Tay­lor.

The Bri­tish pair have just set their 93rd Guin­ness record for fuel econ­omy and, dur­ing a round-Aus­tralia run backed by Cal­tex, dropped in on Whin­cup in Bris­bane to give him a few tips on get­ting the best from the tank in his V8 Su­per­cars Com­modore.

“We hope we helped him,” John Tay­lor says.

If any­one can help, it’s the Tay­lors, as they make their liv­ing from trav­el­ling the world in search of fu­ele­con­omy records.

On their most re­cent trip in a Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat, the pair cov­ered a to­tal of 18,830km in 38 days on a fig­ure-of-eight route around Aus­tralia, av­er­ag­ing 5.36L/100km us­ing 98-oc­tane pre­mium fuel. Their re­sult was 25.5 per cent bet­ter than VW’s of­fi­cial fuel econ­omy fig­ure of 7.2L/100km — sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than their own tar­get of a 15 per cent im­prove­ment.

The re­sult meant they man­aged to eke more than 300km ex­tra on each tank­ful.

“We do it be­cause we re­ally want to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives,” John says. “We’re try­ing to ed­u­cate peo­ple to do things mod­er­ately, not to put the airconditi­oning on full blast or stamp on the ac­cel­er­a­tor.”

Their tech­nique is all about main­tain­ing mo­men­tum, do­ing things gen­tly and look­ing ahead to an­tic­i­pate any chal­lenges. “It’s not about crawl­ing along. On the open road we set a tar­get of driv­ing no more than 5 per cent un­der the speed limit, so we’d be sit­ting at 95 to 100.”

The pair prom­ises to be back in Aus­tralia this year.

“Over the next cou­ple of years we’ll be do­ing some diesel drives. Be­fore the end of the year we’ll be def­i­nitely do­ing some car­a­van drives, with diesel and petrol, so we can give the right ad­vice to that group of peo­ple.”

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