Whincup ready to tackle Winton
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