Whin­cup ready to tackle Win­ton

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

From back page “The great thing about Win­ton is that most of the crowd camp for the week­end.

“They get up, have an egg and ba­con (roll) for breaky, sit there with the esky on the side of the track and watch cars go around.

“It’s not all about the glitz and the glam­our and the crazi­ness of the street tracks – it’s great to get back to where it all be­gan.”

Whin­cup was the round win­ner at Win­ton last year, claim­ing back-to-back run­ner-up fin­ishes, outscor­ing McLaughlin and team­mate Shane Van Gis­ber­gen.

And while pre­vi­ous years has seen Whin­cup and Red Bull Rac­ing per­form well at the coun­try venue, the man him­self said the tight na­ture of the track en­sures it re­mained a quite de­mand­ing course.

“It’s be­come quite chal­leng­ing since the resur­fac­ing of the place,” he said.

“It’s a real high grit and just a mas­sive chal­lenge.

“It’s im­por­tant to stay off the grass as well.

“That ap­plies to most tracks but gen­er­ally the in­field is pretty wet so we’ll cer­tainly want to keep it on the black stuff.

“We’ve been go­ing okay the last cou­ple of years so we need to step up.”

While Whin­cup said all rounds were im­por­tant in terms of cham­pi­onship stand­ings, he knows this one is cru­cial given he needs to start re­gain­ing some ter­ri­tory on McLaughlin.

McLaughlin has launched him­self to the top of the stand­ings fol­low­ing five race wins, in­clud­ing the last four, and Whin­cup said he was ex­cited about try­ing to stop car 17’s im­pres­sive run. “He is in great form,” he said. “He’ll be hard to beat and that’s the chal­lenge.

“But we’re go­ing to give it all we’ve got – we be­lieve we have got the goods to go well.

“That’s the great thing about it – if you buy a ticket to come out this week­end who knows what is go­ing to hap­pen but we’ll be giv­ing it our all.”

TWO OF THE BEST: Red Bull Rac­ing’s Shane Van Gis­ber­gen cel­e­brates a win ear­lier this year while (in­set) team­mate Jamie Whin­cup will be look­ing to repli­cate pre­vi­ous suc­cess at Win­ton. PHOTOS: Su­per­cars

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