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Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

Centurion II: Whincup’s 100-win milestone

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He may have missed out on the championship to teammate Shane van Gisbergen but the 2016 season saw Jamie Whincup follow in the footsteps of Craig Lowndes and notch up 100 race wins in Supercars.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95 takes a look back at how he achieved the feat, the best of his wins, records and how Lowndes and Whincup's tallies compare.

Issue #95 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.

Love him or loathe him, there can be no denying Whincup's place amongst the greats of Australian touring cars, possibly the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T).

It took Whincup 161 less races to reach 100 wins compared to Craig Lowndes, with a remarkable winning ratio for 25 per cent – all of his wins achieved with Triple Eight Race Engineering.

"It wasn't a matter of if he could do it, it was a matter of when," Lowndes said of Whincup's century.

"I think that he's had a stellar career and an amazing run since he's been with Triple Eight.

"I think that there's no doubt that he's had great support around him and he's maintained his focus around his championships.

"It's quite easy to get a couple of championships and then sort of stray off into the wilderness but Jamie hasn't done that.

"There's no doubt he's maintained his focus. He's still as intense as he's ever been on the data.

"I think Jamie has been quoted saying that I was the G.O.A.T, but he's not far off it."

Some will argue Whincup already holds that title, judging by his achievements: record for most championship wins (six) and most pole positions, while he and Lowndes continue to battle for the record of most wins and podiums.

"I'm very proud to be a part of this sport for so many years and to join Lowndesy on the ton," says Whincup.

"He's a good mate and a good teammate. We've been working together for well over 10 years now.

"I'm not trying to tick any particular boxes. I'm just out there for the fun of racing. We like racing hard and going round in circles as quick as we can and getting to the finish line first.

"The feeling of winning never gets old, it definitely drives me."

How many more wins can he achieve? Based on how quickly he's achieved the century, who knows?

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #95 to read the full feature.