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Stronger, Fitter, Faster

Life in the fast lane for our drivers is pretty awesome, but it sure does take its toll on their bodies and mental strength.

Picture this. You’re heading down Conrod Straight at 300-clicks in a 600-plus horsepower supercar, trying to make a move on the car in front, or defend the one behind, all while focussing on not making a mistake which could send you into the wall at any moment…we can tell you right now, that’s a lot of pressure and force for your body to handle!

But, as the lyrical genius Kanye West says, “N-now th-that that don’t kill me, can only make us stronger.”

So, with this in mind, we decided to ask what Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup and Shane ‘SVG’ van Gisbergen’s training routines look like between events to keep their mind’s strong and their body’s race-fit?

“Our biggest challenge in the race car is heat which is generally 25 degrees hotter than the ambient,” says JDub.

“There’s no scientific evidence to say that heat training improves your ability to cope with this discomfort, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest that general fitness does help you preform outside of your comfort zone for longer.

“My training consists of plenty of cardiovascular training most days. There are no big crazy fitness numbers in my world, my full focus is to be consistent over a long period of time.

“You will find me running between 5-10 kilometres around the block, riding 30-60 kilometres around the Gold Coast at different intensity depending on the focus of that session.

“I also really enjoy my swimming. Mark Webber once said to me that swimming is a poor man’s physio, and I agree, it’s a great way to keep the body inline for the long haul.”

For SVG, adopting a ‘keep-it-simple’ training regime is the most beneficial for him.

“To be honest, I just do a lot of running, maybe three to four times a week. 

“I also enjoy mountain biking and playing squash, which are really good ways of keeping my cardio up.

“For me, I like to focus more on watching video of past races, look through data and study the next track we’re racing at. That’s how I like to keep race-fit,” SVG said.

Although a champion of the sport, having an escape from racing is also important for JDub’s preparation.

“I just love sport in general. Whether its golf, kicking the footy, mountain bike riding or shooting some hoops, I just love it. While I don’t call this training, the experts tell me it is!”

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E-xcited to go racing

They say a man is only as good as his machine, so with round one of Supercars All Stars Eseries around the corner, we called in the big guns.

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s official technology supplier, HP Australia, has gifted both Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup & Shane ‘SVG’ van Gisbergen the latest tools to ensure the Bulls are on the front of the virtual grid.

No pressure boys…

HP’s Omen gaming equipment provides power that’s reliable enough to get the drivers there, with performance that’s sure to astound, and designed to help our guys get win after win.


After unboxing his brand-new Omen goodies, including the Omen X 35” curved display and Obelisk Desktop PC, JDub was eager to test out his latest toy.

“Omen make and sell the best gaming PC’s and displays going around, and we’re fortunate we can represent the Omen brand through Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s strong partnership with HP.

“From what I’ve been told the software is unbelievable and the hardware is as realistic as it comes. I think once you get a feel for the simulator, it will be extremely accurate. If I do enough hours and enough testing, I can’t see why I shouldn’t be at least competitive,” JDub said.

Although he has all the gear (…and no idea?), JDub will spend the next few days getting his hours up learning various tracks of the e-world.

“I haven’t done much driving in a simulator before. For me it’s always been in a car on track, but I’m looking forward to the challenge to be honest.

“I don’t do much simulator racing but I’m very competitive as well, so I’m hoping after three or four rounds I’ll have a bit more pace and can run with the younger blokes.

“At the end of the day if it provides great racing then that’s what it’s all about.”

For SVG, the Supercars All Stars Eseries is a great way for him to stay connected with the racing community, while currently isolated at home in New Zealand.

“It’s really important to ensure racing continues for our partners and fans because there’s obviously no sport being played in the world right now, so we’re fortunate enough to still race.

“Everyone’s obviously starved for sport, so it’s cool to get everyone back and race against the entire Supercars field,” SVG said.

SVG explained how it’s all about entertaining the audience and providing humour during this difficult period.

“Hopefully we can make everyone laugh while having some good racing at the same time.

“I’ve been doing a few laps on the sim getting as much practice as I can – obviously we all have a bit of time up our sleeves. At the moment I’m a little off the pace but I should hopefully be up the pointy end once the series begins.”

If you think JDub was the only driver to get looked after by our friends at Omen, think again.

“Omen have supplied me with a wicked curved gaming screen – it’s absolutely awesome. They also sent me a laptop which I’ll use to review data and timing from races to help me improve from week to week. It’s a cool little set up.”

The Supercars All Stars Eseries begins Wednesday April 8 with drivers racing at Phillip Island and Monza. All the action will be streamed on the Red Bull Holden Racing Team’s Facebook page, as well as broadcast on Fox Sports & Kayo.

Click here to view the full range of Omen products.

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Whincup secures future with Triple Eight

Triple Eight Race Engineering Media Release
Thursday 25th October 2018

Jamie Whincup has secured his future with Triple Eight Race Engineering, but not behind the wheel. The seven-time Virgin Australia Supercars champion has joined the team’s portfolio of shareholders as a co-owner.

Whincup’s career with Triple Eight began in 2006 and he has since claimed every single one of his 113 championship race wins with the Brisbane-based squad, including four Bathurst 1000 victories.

“The guys and girls at Triple Eight are like family to me and if it’s my choice, I will keep racing with them until I am 80 years old,” he said.

The 35-year-old is the first to admit that he doesn’t want to make up numbers on the Supercars grid or occupy the spot of a deserving young driver and has thus been taking steps to build a career beyond full-time driving for a number of years, with the overarching objective being to build a long-term career in Australian motorsport.

“My motivation to be a team owner has risen from the fact I simply love the concept of motorsport. I want to ensure that I’m still racing well after my driving career.”

The team itself planted its feet firmly in Australia in September 2003 when co-founder and managing director Roland Dane made the move from the British Touring Car Championship with the support of then co-owners Derek Warwick, Ian Harrison and Peter Butterly. Over the years, Dane became the sole team owner, but in 2015 began laying the groundwork for the future of Triple Eight, welcoming new investors into the fold whilst retaining control.

With Dane at the helm, Whincup joins Tim Miles, Paul Dumbrell and Jessica Dane as a minority owner of Triple Eight.

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Holden Racing Team during the Melbourne Grand Prix, Melbourne, Victoria, March 23, 2018.

“I thank Roland and the management of Triple Eight and the current sponsors for accepting my proposal to be a shareholder and I promise I won’t let you down,” Whincup continued.

Dane confirmed that the sentiment within the team has been overwhelmingly positive: “Jamie has proved over the years that he is a team player and has Triple Eight’s best interests at heart. Just as in racing, it’s vital in business to be planning ahead for every scenario and the boys and girls here at Triple Eight recognise that he potentially has a lot to offer in this respect.

“Jamie and I have been working on a plan for him to come into the business side of the team for a few years, so to see this start to come to fruition now is very satisfying. I’ve no doubt he’ll put every effort into learning as much as he can about the running of Triple Eight to make sure that his contribution is valuable.”

Whincup is currently contracted to drive his Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore until the end of 2019, but has confirmed that he currently sees himself behind the wheel full time for at least another two years.

“While my focus during the next two seasons is to drive the race cars to the absolute best of my ability, I look forward to investing my spare time into learning the Triple Eight and Supercars business,” he said.

“We proudly display the Peter Brock trophy at our headquarters and focus on the fight to retain the drivers’ championship trophy.”

 

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Won and Done: Victory vaults Whincup to Supercar Title

Jamie Whincup came back from the brink to take a seventh Supercars crown in a Newcastle season finale that defied convention – and belief.

Had it. Almost lost it. Perilously close to completely losing it. Probably didn’t have a chance to get it. Got some luck. Got a gift from a teammate. Controlled it. Lost it again. Won the race, lost the title. Won both.

Confused? You’re not alone. For that (and we probably missed a few other plot twists besides) was the background to Jamie Whincup’s record-extending seventh Supercars title on the streets of Newcastle last weekend – and while the record books will show this was a title taken by a proven champion who converted a series lead over a rival who’d never tasted championship success in Scott McLaughlin, anyone who witnessed Sunday’s 26th and final race of a compelling season will know the story was much, much more difficult to digest.

Rewind to Saturday, and Whincup’s quest for seventh heaven looked well and truly shot. Coming into the penultimate race of the year with a slim but handy 30-point lead over Team Penske’s McLaughlin, it wasn’t a disaster that the Kiwi was on pole yet again; from fifth on the grid, the Red Bull Holden Racing Team star could do something from there. What he did was most uncharacteristic; Whincup and Michael Caruso (Nissan) came together on the third corner of the 91-lap journey, leaving J-Dub with his hand up acknowledging his error, broken steering and a damaged right rear to his Commodore, and a lengthy stint in the pits as the RBHRT crew worked frantically just to get him back in the fray. He finished 13 laps down and last, but gained 42 championship points to somewhat mitigate the damage caused by McLaughlin taking his eighth win of the season – and a 78-point series lead on a day Triple Eight team boss Roland Dane called “the worst I can remember” for his team.

Coming into Sunday, the equation for McLaughlin was simple – finish inside the top 11, and a maiden title was his no matter what Whincup did. Yet another pole (his 16th in 26 races) was the perfect place to start, and with Whincup in fifth again, the title appeared to be McLaughlin’s to lose. But after his lap 15 pit stop, McLaughlin was issued a drive-through penalty for speeding in pit lane. Later, as McLaughlin came back through the field, he tagged the Nissan of Simona de Silvestro at Turn 2 and copped a 15-second penalty, which dropped him back to 21st at his final stop on lap 50.

By that stage, Whincup was up to second behind teammate Shane van Gisbergen, and when the race resumed after a safety car, SVG played the perfect team game and let J-Dub through to the lead, meaning McLaughlin needed to claw back to 11th to take the title. With Whincup sailing on serenely up front, McLaughlin chipped away, and assumed 11th on the third-last lap when he passed James Moffat’s GRM entry. But there was another act to this high-speed drama yet to play out.

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Holden Racing Team wins the 2017 Supercars Championship at the ,  at the , , , November 26, 2017.

The third member of the Triple Eight trio, Craig Lowndes, was storming through the field on fresher tyres in the latter stages, and when McLaughlin ran wide at the first corner on the penultimate lap, Lowndes spied an opportunity to pass down the inside of the uphill run into Turn 2. McLaughlin moved to cover him off, the cars touched, and Lowndes was spat into the fence and into retirement. The Kiwi crossed the line 11th but was issued another time penalty, which dropped him to 18th place. Which meant the race – and the title – were Whincup’s.

For a driver who has done more winning than anyone in Supercars history – Sunday’s victory was the 107th of his glittering career – Whincup seemed genuinely astonished by the turn of events, saying he’d “sort of written myself off” after Saturday’s shocker.

“It was an unbelievable day from where I stand,” Whincup said.

“We just felt robbed yesterday, we felt like we worked so hard and did so much to get ourselves within championship contention but we didn’t feel like we deserved that yesterday. Today, we just thought we had to go out there and do our job, and for things to fall our way.”

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Holden Racing Team wins the 2017 Supercars Championship at the ,  at the , , , November 26, 2017.

It was Whincup’s first title since 2014 after winning six in seven years from 2008, and was quick to pay tribute to McLaughlin, who won more races than any other driver this year and had more than five times the number of poles.

“Credit to the DJR Team Penske crew, they’ve been tough competition all year,” J-Dub said.

“Scott (McLaughlin) will probably come back and win five or six championships of his own in the future.”

With Whincup’s celebrations in full swing – a dip in the water fountain adjacent to the podium post-race was a mere prelude to a backflip into the harbour – SVG was contemplating a title defence that didn’t go to plan, his own teammate succeeding him as champion, and the disappointment of a mate and compatriot in McLaughlin after finishing in second place.

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Holden Racing Team wins the 2017 Supercars Championship at the ,  at the , , , November 26, 2017.

“The race was a huge improvement from yesterday,” he said after Saturday’s Race 25 had ended with him in 16th after an incident with Erebus driver David Reynolds saw him cop a 15-second time penalty.

“We had a pretty appalling day yesterday, I’m proud of us for turning that around. I watched that race unfold on the big screens. I let Jamie through and I was torn, Scotty is a good friend but I was just so happy to see everyone’s faces here and how hard we’ve worked this year. We turned our year around pace-wise, it’s been pretty amazing.”

SVG finished fourth overall, 273 points behind Whincup, while Lowndes, who had a pair of non-finishes over the weekend after clouting the Turn 12 wall on Saturday before the McLaughlin incident on Sunday, dropped from sixth to 10th overall for the season.

“It’s been a poor year to be honest … it would have been nice to be on the podium,” Lowndes told supercars.com.

“Yesterday we had a good opportunity and I made a little mistake on the last corner and slid into the wall, and today, obviously everyone knows what happened.”

What happened was a finale to the Supercars season that simply couldn’t have been crazier, more compelling or a more dramatic way to welcome Newcastle to the championship calendar. Adelaide and the 2018 season-opener are four months away, and we might need that long to truly soak in all that the end of 2017 served up. And it’s only right that the main beneficiary of that drama gets the final word.

“Does it get any better than that?” Whincup pondered?

No J-Dub, it doesn’t.

By Matt Clayton for redbull.com