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Whimsical about why he polarizes his fans

The Whincup enjoys the most successful career in Australian touring car history, with seven supercar titles, 124 race wins and four Bathurst 1000 crowns.

But like Peter Brock and his teammate Craig Lowndes, he wasn’t universally loved during his journey. Wincup is a person who has been polarized among the fan base for many of his 15-year missions at Triple Eight.

This may be partly due to Ford vs. Holden’s tribalism in the Supercars. The Wincup has been a long-time rival with the T8’s asylum from blue to red ahead of the 2010 season.

With respect to other factors that contribute to the “Wincup” persona, Wincup admits that his “immature” approach to public life early in his career did not help him to love his fans. increase.

“It’s a combination [of things]”Wincup told

“When I think about it and analyze it-I usually don’t-but … I look back on the interviews I did early on, and I’m almost sick of it.

“I was a young kid and a little immature. I had only one goal. Get out there and race the car as hard as possible.

“In a sense, I did a bad job in the press. I hope they don’t ask me anymore. If I do a bad job, they will leave me alone.

“There’s also Tall Poppy Syndrome here in Australia. I was a little loved when I won the first few races when I was weak, but Australians do good things by shooting down running people. I love sports and politics for sure.

“We love to smash them into the earth. It’s something about Australian makeup.

“In the early days, we were able to bring things down a little differently.”

However, Wincup says he hopes others enjoyed his success and decided on an uncompromising approach to motorsport, admitting that he had ruffled some wings along the way. increase.

“Once I’ve said it all, I think a lot of people have been sitting on the hills for years and enjoying giving them everything they could have in a race car.” He added.

“Whether it was a win, it was running in the midpack, it got to the steward room, it lost its wheels, it ran out of gas, whatever it was, everyone would give me everything. I hope you enjoyed it until the end.

“There were days when it worked, and there were days when it didn’t.”

Whincup will make his last start as a full-time supercar driver at Bathurst 1000 next Sunday..

In his autobiography, Drive of a Lifetime, which will be released next week, he takes a closer look at his polarized relationship with his fans. Whimsical about why he polarizes his fans

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