Jamie Whincup was inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame on the grid ahead of the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000. Photo: Nathan Wong.

SEVEN-TIME Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup will make a return to the cockpit of a Red Bull Ampol Commodore Supercar as part of this year’s MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison at the Formula 1 Heineken Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Now the Managing Director of Triple Eight Race Engineering, the most recent inductee in the Supercars Hall of Fame will step behind the wheel of the team’s spare Commodore ZB as part of the speed comparisons at Albert Park.

The car is the same chassis driven in last year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 by Triple Eight’s wildcard drivers Broc Feeney (who has taken over from Whincup in the #88 Red Bull Ampol Commodore this year) and Russell Ingall.

The most winning driver in Supercars Championship history, Whincup is a four-time Supercars race winner on the Albert Park circuit. He scored two race wins in 2011 and single victories in 2016 and 2018, the first year that the event counted as a points-paying round of the Supercars Championship.

The four-time Bathurst 1000 winner will be up against 2017 Bathurst 1000 winner Luke Youlden and 2019 Australian Rally Champion, Harry Bates.

Youlden will drive a 560kw Porsche Taycan Turbo S as part of the comparison, while Bates will be behind the wheel of his Toyota GR Yaris AP4 rally car, marking the first time a rally car has appeared as part of the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison at Albert Park.

The MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison will appear on each day of the four-day event at Albert Park with practice and the first demonstration on Thursday and one demonstration on each of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.