Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup.
Red Bull Racing Australia driver Jamie Whincup. SUPPLIED

Whincup making a habit of Bathurst failure

HE IS a four-time winner of the Great Race but Jamie Whincup is quickly fashioning a Bathurst reputation of throwing away wins at the famous venue.

Whincup made a dream start to his Bathurst career - chalking up a hat-trick of wins from 2006-08 alongside Craig Lowndes with the then Vodafone-sponsored Triple Eight Race team.

He added another crown in 2012 partnering Paul Dumbrell in Red Bull Racing colours but he's also thrown away at least four other chances to win the iconic race. Had the 33-year-old avoided the drama and won those races he could have been just one sole victory behind the legendary King of the Mountain, the late Peter Brock, as the most successful Bathurst driver of all-time.

From running out of petrol to missing team radio instructions or making uncharacteristic late race errors, Bathurst has become a highlights reel of Whincup's despair in recent years.

How it's all gone wrong for Whincup:

2006-08: Whincup dominates the race alongside Craig Lowndes as the Team Vodafone Ford bagged three consecutive wins at the Mountain.

2009: Whincup makes contact with Jason Bargwanna, turning him around. Whincup continued to finish fifth.

2010: Whincup finishes second to teammate Lowndes in the first one-two finish at the Mountain since 1984.

2011: Finished a lap down in 21st place after he missed the call to pit late in the race and the car ran out of fuel, ending his chances of victory.

2012: Holds off a charging Dave Reynolds to win the race for the fourth time.

2013: Fought with Mark Winterbottom over the closing laps, attempted a pass at Griffins Bend only to run wide and lose time to the Ford, who would hold on for the win.

2014: Whincup led the race late but needed to conserve fuel to get to the finish. Despite numerous team warnings he continued to drive hard trying to keep in front of the closing Chaz Mostert. He eventually ran out of fuel and dropped to fifth as his car slowed at the end of the final lap.

2015: A late safety car came out with Whincup behind teammate Craig Lowndes in the order. If he pitted he would be forced to double stack and lose time so Whincup ignored team instructions to pit and stayed out. He inexplicably drove past the safety car in the process and was handed a drive-through penalty that ruined his race.

2016: With 15 laps remaining Whincup makes contact with the Volvo of Scott McLaughlin at the end of Conrod Straight, bumping the Kiwi off the track. As McLaughlin rejoined Whincup slowed to redress the situation but Garth Tander's Holden, McLaughlin's Volvo and Whincup's Holden came together. The other two suffered significant damage but Whincup carried on. He crossed the line first but was awarded a 15-second time penalty that dropped him to 11th.


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