Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Leader Rejects '100' Milestone Pressure

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Leader Rejects '100' Milestone Pressure

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DAVID

LEMS

david.lems@qt.com.au

Fast facts

Championship leader Jamie Whincup

Age: 33. Born: Melbourne. Based: Gold Coast.

Car: Number 88 Holden Commodore.

Supercars titles: Six (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).

Favourite championship win: "It's very difficult. It's like trying to compare your kids. They are all very different in their own way.''

Loyal driver: Has raced with Red Bull team for a decade. "Ten years is probably most marriages these days. I'm very proud to be on the same team for so long.''

First pole: At Queensland Raceway, 2007. "That was pretty cool''.

The most satisfying part of Supercars: "The racing. I live for the competition and the battles.''

The toughest part: Packing up after a big weekend. "You're absolutely spent and packing up the garage up is always pretty tough.''

Unusual promotional activities: Racing lawn mowers at Bathurst; rowing canoes through Darling Harbour.

BEING just one Supercars win from a century milestone would play on the thoughts of many drivers.

But not 2016 Championship leader Jamie Whincup.

Preparing to protect his lead at Queensland Raceway this weekend, Whincup answered with a relaxed laugh when asked about closing on 100 victories.

"No, no no, no pressure,'' the Red Bull team racer said.

"It's just a number in the background. Certainly not a focus.''

Whincup heads into this weekend's Ipswich SuperSprint series with a real chance of becoming only the second driver to reach 100.

The other is teammate Craig Lowndes, who is currently running fourth in the championship with 104 wins overall.

Whincup, 33, clocked up win number 99 at the previous round in Townsville.

He had a tough time at Queensland Raceway last year, finishing eighth and ninth. …

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