The most successful V8 driver of the modern era, Jamie Whincup is on the brink of becoming just the second driver in the sport?s history to win 100 races, starting season 2016 with 97 victories.
Whincup made history in 2014 becoming the only driver to claim six Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercar titles, eclipsing former champions Ian Geoghegan, Dick Johnson and Mark Skaife.
The Red Bull Racing Australia team leader?s motorsport interest was sparked in 1991 when his father bought him a go-kart.
Whincup took multiple junior and senior titles before he graduated to state level Formula Ford competition in 2000.
A promising debut season in Australian Formula Ford saw Whincup finish third in 2001. He moved to the acclaimed Sonic Motor Racing team the following year to take a convincing win in the series.
Whincup made his V8 Supercars debut in 2002 as an enduro driver with Garry Rogers Motorsport, signing on for a full season with the team the following year. However, he endured a difficult season ? and finished a lowly 27th.
Without a full-time seat in 2004, Whincup lined up with Castrol Perkins Racing at Sandown and Bathurst, before returning to the championship full-time with Tasman Motorsport the year after.
Strong performances throughout the season, including podiums at Sandown and the Bathurst 1000, caught the attention of Triple Eight team boss Roland Dane ? and Whincup was signed for 2006. He was immediately successful, taking his maiden race win at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes impressed with a three-peat victory at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 2006-08, before Whincup went on to win back-to-back V8 titles in 2008-09.
Triple Eight joined the Holden stable in 2010, and Whincup continued to shine, picking up his third title in 2011 after a tight battle with Lowndes.
The domination continued into 2012, with Whincup securing title number four in dominant style, along with his fourth Bathurst 1000 win, paired with Paul Dumbrell.
Whincup?s fifth crown came in 2013 in Holden?s new generation VF Commodore, with 11 wins and 22 podiums.
In 2014 he had one of his most dominant years in V8s, claiming 14 races and securing his record sixth crown with one round remaining.
While 2015 was a challenging year for Whincup, he commences 2016 with new records in
Bathurst 1000 Stats
Debut: 2002 (Garry Rogers Motorsport VX Commodore with Mark Noske)
Wins: 4 (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012)
2002, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VX Commodore: 65th (enduros only)
2003, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Holden VX/VY Commodore: 27th
2004, Castrol Perkins Racing, Holden VX Commodore: 50th (enduros only)
2005, Dodo/Tasman Motorsport, Holden VZ Commodore: 16th
2006, Team Betta Electrical/Triple Eight, Ford BA Falcon: 10th
2007, TeamVodafone, Ford BF Falcon: 2nd
2008, TeamVodafone, Ford BF Falcon: 1st
2009, TeamVodafone, Ford FG Falcon: 1st
2010, TeamVodafone Holden VE Commodore Series II: 2nd
2011, TeamVodafone Holden VE Commodore Series II: 1st
2012, TeamVodafone Holden VE Commodore Series II: 1st
2013, Red Bull Racing Australia Holden VF Commodore: 1st
2014, Red Bull Racing Australia Holden VF Commodore: 1st
2015, Red Bull Racing Australia Holden VF Commodore: 4th
ATCC/V8 Supercar Championship Series Stats
Debut: 2002 QLD Raceway (Rd 9)
Event Starts: 160
Race Starts: 379
Race Wins: 97
Other Career Highlights
Winner, Bathurst 1000 ? 2006, 07, 08, 12
Winner, V8 Supercar Championship Series ? 2008, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14
Winner, Clipsal 500, Adelaide ? 2006, 08, 09
Winner, Sandown 500 ? 2007
Winner, Australian Formula Ford Championship ? 2002
Runner-up, V8 Supercar Championship Series ? 2007, 2010
Runner-up, Bathurst 1000 ? 2005, 2010,