ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 05: Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Falcon FGX during race 2 for the Clipsal 500, which is part of the Supercars Championship at Adelaide Street Circuit on March 5, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

There seems to be a bit of a battle brewing ion the Supercars Championship with a war of words starting from Red Bull Racing’s Jamie Whincup over the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

According to the former champion, the DJR Team Penske’s winning performances in Melbourne were a direct result of Ludo Lacroix’s arrival, after he opted to leave Triple Eight Engineering and follow Scotty McLaughlin across to DJR in the role of Competition manager this season.

According to Whincup. Ludo has taken all the secrets and data from his role at Triple Eight and has now applied them to DJR. As a result the two Shell Fords finished the Australian round in first and second places overall.

“DJR/Team Penske will be strong this year and they will challenge us,” Whincup said in the Telegraph. “Part of that will be because Ludo will have gone across with all the information he has on our team. As I said he knows our operation inside/out and that will certainly help. They will have very quick cars. There will be no doubt about that.”

According to McLaughlin, Jamie is partially correct, but Ludo is not the only reason their cars are going to be the next hottest thing on the grid…and he is happy that they are in Triple Eights’ head.

“He’s (Lacroix) not the ultimate key,” McLaughlin told Fox. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got some of their secrets… some of them, we’ve probably got most of them, so that’s quite a good thing. It’s a cool thing and we’ve got to try to use that to our best advantage. It’s always going to be a little bit hard for them, but I’ve just got the popcorn out and I’m having a good time reading all the comments and I know we’re in their heads so it’s a fun thing.”