JAMIE Whincup celebrates a career milestone in Adelaide this weekend with the 2020 season-opener marking his 200th Supercars Championship round with Triple Eight Race Engineering.
After full-time seasons with Garry Rogers Motorsport (2003) and Tasman Motorsport (2005) , plus endurance race starts with Perkins Motorsport (2004), Whincup joined Triple Eight for the 2006 season and took the overall Adelaide 500 win in his first event with them.
He’s taken all of his record 118 championship race wins and 83 pole positions with Triple Eight and all bar two of his record 208 podium finishes with the Queensland-based team of which he’s now a shareholder.
Whincup has started 144 rounds with Triple Eight in Holdens and 55 at the wheel of Fords.
All of Whincup’s Bathurst starts in Triple Eight Ford Falcons are covered in our ‘Ford at Bathurst, 1963-2018’ limited edition hardcover book, including a photo of every Ford to compete in ‘The Great Race’ in that time period.
Whincup becomes just the second driver in championship history to start 200 rounds with a single team – his endurance co-driver Craig Lowndes started his 200th round with Triple Eight last year at Sandown.
Whincup will surpass him as round starts record holder for Triple Eight at the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400 at Albert Park in March.