Whincup revved up to defend v8 title
V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup said the desire to become the sport's first back-to-back series winner in five years is fuelling his motivation in 2009.
Not since Marcos Ambrose (2003-2004) has the V8 series winner successfully defended their crown in the cut-throat motor racing championship and the 25-year-old is determined to be the sport's next multiple winner.
With Ambrose now racing in the NASCAR series in the US and former champion Mark Skaife retired, Whincup's Team Vodafone teammate Craig Lowndes is the only multiple title winner in the 27-car field.
Whincup knows defending a title brings added pressure but is confident he can do what Russell Ingall (2005), Rick Kelly (2006) and Garth Tander (2007) all failed to achieve with a back-to-back series wins.
“I understand that defending a title is probably 20 per cent harder than actually trying to win it,” Whincup said yesterday.
“I have got a big job to do this year but I am really looking forward to it.”
Whincup has yet to see his new Ford FG Falcon as it is still being built by Triple Eight Racing in their garages in Queensland but it is expected to be ready for testing next month ahead of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 19.