The Sydney SuperNight marked Jamie Whincup's first Supercars weekend as Triple Eight's managing director. Pic: Red Bull Content Pool

TRIPLE Eight got its new era under Jamie Whincup off to a winning start at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Shane van Gisbergen won the opening race of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship season in the team’s first weekend with Whincup as the team’s managing director after taking over from Roland Dane at the end of last year.

The seven-time series champion’s different presence within the Triple Eight garage is taking some getting used to by many – including the team’s lead driver.

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“(It’s been) pretty good,” van Gisbergen told the Castrol Motorsport News Podcast.

“It’s interesting … like, I had some thoughts and the person you go to (now) is Jamie, where you’re used to talking car stuff (although) we we’re talking car stuff the other day on Friday, he’s helping me with my driving and stuff.

“It didn’t seem like he was missing not being in the car, and he’s obviously an asset to Broc (Feeney) and I, but also to the team as well. It’s been pretty good to see him doing it this way.

“I don’t think he’s wanting to be the new RD quite yet. He’s still taking things in and processes. I see him writing a lot down and thinking a lot, and he had some ideas last night, but nothing’s implemented yet.

“He’s still trying to be a sponge to it all. It’s been good to see it.”

Along with the post-event chat with van Gisbergen, host Andrew van Leeuwen and Stefan Bartholomaeus unpack a range of hot topics from the SMP weekend, including Chaz Mostert’s title credentials, the Sydney race format, the two unbelievable post-race crashes and Triple Eight’s legal stoush, plus all the latest motorsport news headlines from around the world, the Motorsport News Mailbag and Castrol Stars of the Week.

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Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.