Jamie Whincup has quipped that he would somewhat his last yr as a full-time Supercars driver not grow to be a ‘funeral tour’ like that which Craig Lowndes skilled.
The seven-time champion will step out of the driving force’s seat at season’s finish, albeit with the potential for an enduro function going ahead, three years after Lowndes did likewise.
As one in all his team-mates at Triple Eight Race Engineering, Whincup had a entrance row seat for that swansong in 2018.
It started with a televised press convention on the Townsville occasion to announce the information, halfway by way of the season, and culminated in a one-off livery and lap of honour on the ultimate day in Newcastle.
Whincup had a vibrant tackle how the yr performed out for Lowndes, when talking at Supercars’ 2021 season launch at Mount Panorama.
“I witnessed Lowndesy undergo what we name the ’funeral tour’ a number of years again, which I used to be form of making an attempt to keep away from,” he remarked with a smile.
“But it surely’s good to get the announcement out of the best way early, and positively have readability for all our industrial companions and in addition actually the workers on the Crimson Bull Ampol Racing crew about what the plans are.
“However actually, we are able to in all probability discuss extra of that on the finish of the yr.”
Craig Lowndes is honoured in pit lane on his last day as a full-time Supercars driver, on the 2018 Newcastle 500
When later prompted to develop on that remark, Whincup instructed that his farewell season wouldn’t fairly be the high-profile affair that Lowndes’ was.
Already, that has been the case, with the 38-year-old’s driving future introduced by the use of a press launch adopted up by a name for chosen media, somewhat than being beamed dwell on Fox Sports activities.
Nonetheless, additionally it is however one factor of a wide-ranging shake-up to Triple Eight, which can see Whincup grow to be crew principal as Roland Dane steps again from the workforce altogether on the finish of the yr, and Tony Quinn shopping for in to grow to be the biggest shareholder.
Whincup famous that he’ll proceed to be a presence within the paddock in his new function, as Lowndes was when he shifted into tv punditry.
“I watched Lowndesy undergo the final yr [of full-time driving] and he’s a lot extra well-known than I ever can be,” he declared.
“Folks have been form of treating him like he was going to die the following yr, however he’s nonetheless part of this pit lane as a lot as he ever was, and hopefully I might be the identical as effectively, with the brand new function.
“So, if you wish to eliminate me, sadly I’m nonetheless going to be round for slightly bit longer, simply not contained in the automobile.”
Regardless, the person himself says he can be placing sentiment apart till December’s season finale on the Gold Coast.
“I feel I’m going to save lots of all that till the final spherical, and the cool factor is, the final spherical’s at residence as effectively, on the Gold Coast,” noticed Whincup.
“So, no, I’m not fascinated about it, I’m not speaking in regards to the R phrase, it’s not an element but in any respect.
“I gained’t be round perpetually, so I’m simply making an attempt to do the perfect I can whereas I’ve obtained it.”
Opening follow for the primary occasion of Whincup’s last full season, the Repco Mount Panorama 500, kicks off on Friday at 12:00 native time/AEDT.
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