Despite the fact that he is trailing his teammate by 191 points with just one race weekend to go in the 2016 season, Red Bull racing’s Jamie Whincup refuses to concede defeat, even if he is fairly certain he won’t win.
“I’ll never concede defeat, it’s not over till the fat lady sings (but she’s put some weight on) yes, she’s put some weight on,” Jamie laughed. “All and all it’s been a good year, I probably won’t win, but I’ll go down swinging. Life’s good right now. “
The final round in Sydney will see another 300 points on offer, so mathematically it is still possible for Jamie to come out on top, however, with the form that Shane van Gisbergen has been displaying this season, the challenge of finishing the weekend 191 clear of the Kiwi racer will be a strong challenge.
As we all know in Motorsport, to finish first, first you have to finish and anything can happen during the course of a racing weekend. Poor qualifying from either Jamie or Shane could see the duo down the order where incidents are more likely to occur.
Race 26 in New Zealand on Sunday saw the two colliding with Jamie penalized as a result, something that left him languishing down the field and even though the supersprint format will not be in use in the season finale next month, it is still hard to come back from an incident that leaves you at the back of the field.
Both drivers will be hoping to have a clean weekend and van Gisbergen will defiantly be doing all he can to ensure he doesn’t get involved in anyone else’s battles so that he can just cruise to his first ever series crown by the time the chequered flag falls on Sunday afternoon.