Jamie Whincup: Drive of a Lifetime Autobiography

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Seven-time Supercars Champion Jamie Whincup called time on his full-time Supercars career at the end of the 2021 season and in this book he opens up about his development and rise to the top of the most popular form of motorsport in Australia.

Published by Penguin and co-written with sports journalist Scott Gullan, the book details the making of the champion - the drive, the belief, the grind and the teamwork that it takes to get to the top of the podium and beyond.

It all started back in 1991, when his father David purchased Jamie his first-ever go-kart. With a fierce attitude and relentless desire to win, it was only a matter of time before Whincup made the leap to V8 Supercars.

Spotted by Garry Rogers, he made his debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a full-time position with the team a year later. But there are ups and downs to life in the fast lane – loss of team sponsors, the rivalries, the fans, the partnerships, being true to the dream when everything looks like an off-ramp.

Given a lifeline by Tasman Motorsport in 2005, Whincup responded in style, partnering the late Jason Richards to podium results at Sandown and Bathurst. It was there that Triple Eight Race Engineering owner Roland Dane, a relative newcomer to Australian motorsport, spotted Whincup’s talents.

Jamie finished the job in 2008 after several near-misses at the title, sealing the crown in style with a victory in Race 1 at Oran Park.

With six more Supercar titles, four Bathurst 1000 victories and a Bathurst 12 Hour win in the books, other drivers could be tempted to ride off into the sunset. But that’s never been Jamie’s style. While 2021 might be the close of a brilliant career behind the wheel, it’s just the start of the next phase: team principal of Triple Eight Race Engineering and a mentor to the next generation of champions.