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    Whincup eyes future as team owner

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    Whincup eyes future as team owner
    By Lewis Isaacs Virgin Australia Supercars Championship


    He’s one of the most successful racers in Australian motorsport and now six-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup says he could continue to add to his bulging trophy cabinet once he hangs up his helmet.

    With his contract with current team Triple Eight due to run until the end of 2018, Whincup admits he is yet to consider his options for 2019 onwards.

    However, the 34-year-old is considering life outside the cockpit and admits taking up a team management or ownership role could be a part of a future in the sport.

    Away from Supercars, Whincup has also started his own coffee shop and car wash in the Gold Coast.

    Whincup was asked for his plans beyond his existing contract with Triple Eight on the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast.

    “I’m not sure to be honest, I’m really not. I haven’t thought about it all.,” he said.

    “I will get to the end of this year and decide what I’m to do for ’19 plus.

    “I will say I’ve got big interests in being a team owner/team manager, without doubt.

    “I won’t be driving past my use by date. I never want to be seen as that person that holds up a spot for a young kid.

    “I’ll still race while I love it and while I’m still competitive. I certainly won’t go too far.”



    With one eye on the future beyond his driving, Whincup admits he is happy with the direction the sport is heading in.

    A move towards turbocharged engines and expansion in the Asian region have been high targets set by the category.

    “You’ve got to keep moving forward. If you sit on your hands, we’ll get gobbled up by not only other types of motorsport, but footy and different sporting codes,” he added.

    “Management are doing a good job. I’m a big fan.

    “They’re moving the sport along where it needs to be moved along.

    “It’s great place to be and we’re lucky to be here in Australia.”

    While he sits third in the standings despite not winning a single race in the 2017 championship, Whincup admits there is a change to the 2017 cars he would make.

    With changes to the tyre for 2017 leading teams to run higher levels of negative camber than previous seasons, Whincup sees a change of rim design as resolving issues in close contact racing.

    “The competition is strong. It’s great for everyone. Those Shell boys have stepped up,” he explained.

    “The competition is mad out there and there’s some cracker racing going on.

    “We probably do need to make some changes to the cars. There’s a lot of wheel nuts interlocking rims and cars flying off left right and centre.

    “If we can make some engineering changes on that and make the racing better, I reckon we’re going to keep moving forward.”
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    Worked well for skaife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VZTRT View Post
    Worked well for skaife!
    To be fair that was a setup...
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    Interesting in what he said about the wheels interlocking and whether a rim design could change that. Having said that, maybe keeping them the way they are stops the T8 divebombs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phillyc View Post
    Having said that, maybe keeping them the way they are stops the T8 divebombs!
    That's why Jamie wants the wheels changed! lol
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    Jesus, I wouldn't have thought being a team owner would be a great career progression.

    From the outside looking in it seems a great way to earn a Coronary and go broke all at the same time.
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    You need deep pockets and a deep money river to go racing
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    Jamie better watch himself.

    Stating that he wants to be a team owner, he could quickly find himself out on gardening duty.

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    How do you make a small fortune out of car racing? Start with a large one.

    Whincup does not have the right mindset to own a car racing outfit. His attitude is all wrong.
    I'm in love with my car. Got a feel for my automobile.

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