SEVEN-TIME Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has been inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame on the grid at the Repco Bathurst 1000.
Whincup was inducted by Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a surprise addition to the pre-race festivities ahead of the 161-lap classic.
The race is the last for Whincup as a full-time driver before taking over team principal duties at Triple Eight next season.
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“A big thankyou to our Prime Minister for being here today, it’s our biggest day in Australian motorsport,” he said.
“I just want to thank friends and family, not just my family though, all the families – especially Queenslanders who have been away for six to eight weeks now.
“We appreciate the effort to keep the championship underway. Thankyou to the fanbase, everyone who came out, everyone who’s watching at home.
“In particular I’d like to thank my peers. We’ve been thrown in the arena, gone hard, battled with each other. I wish everyone a safe, happy journey and best of luck.”