On his own .... Jamie Whincup has claimed a record-breaking win.
On his own .... Jamie Whincup has claimed a record-breaking win. PAUL MILLER

Whincup soars to top of Supercars winners' table

Jamie Whincup continued his assault on the V8 record books yesterday when the Red Bull Holden Racing Team superstar flogged the field to become the most victorious driver in Supercars history.

On a history-making day of sprint racing at Sydney Motorsport Park, Whincup surpassed Holden legend Craig Lowndes as the sport's most successful driver when he floored his way home for a record-breaking 106th race win.

A humble Whincup talked down his achievement after passing stablemate Lowndes to become the greatest.

"The only problem is Lowndsey will out-drive me," Whincup said.

"He will be driving for another 10 years. I am not getting too excited with the numbers but it is certainly a good feeling to get the win today."

The records could continue to tumble with the unprecedented race win keeping Whincup in contention for an unprecedented seventh championship and cement his place as an undisputed V8 great.

After his nine-second win over Fabian Coulthard - after driving a wounded Commodore to a fighting third on Saturday - Whincup is just 12 points behind Scott McLaughlin in the title chase.

"It felt good," Whincup said.

 

TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD: Jamie Whincup celebrates becoming the record holder for most V8 Supercars wins.
TOPPED THE LEADERBOARD: Jamie Whincup celebrates becoming the record holder for most V8 Supercars wins. Daniel Kalisz

"I got a good start and the car was really good today. It was a battle right to the end and I was lucky I had my teammate because he let me through. We look after each other here.

"I pushed really hard and now it is a great feeling heading into the big endurance races."

Coulthard passed Shane van Gisbergen late to stop a Red Bull double in what was a thrilling finish to the race that also saw McLaughlin and Chaz Mostert enter the podium war.

"I had a good battle with Shane and I ended up with a bit more tyre in hand," Coulthard said.

"We can't qualify there but we race okay so I am pretty happy."

Earlier McLaughlin officially became a qualifying king when he beat Mostert to rack up a record-equalling 13th season pole.

News Corp Australia


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