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Sport Whincup puts Supercars retirement on hold

23:15  21 february  2020
23:15  21 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Holden cryptic over Supercars future

  Holden cryptic over Supercars future Holden hasn't ruled out a premature end to its Supercars programme in the wake of the General Motors decision to axe the brand at the end of this year. The Aussie carmaker announced a fresh two-year commitment to its factory Supercars programme, run by Triple Eight Race Engineering, mid-way through last year, the deal covering the 2020 and 2021 seasons. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Jamie Whincup will race on in Supercars until at least the end of the 2021 season, it will be confirmed tomorrow. Whincup has been ramping up his non-driving commitments in recent years, running a successful car wash and cafe business on the Gold Coast, joining the Supercars Commission and

However, he has been unable to secure a drive in the event, and will instead perform his usual Fox Sports Supercars television duties at Hidden In addition to a new broadcast role with Fox Sports, Lowndes will partner the Red Bull Holden Racing Team's Jamie Whincup in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.

Jamie Whincup. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Jamie Whincup. Bringing down the curtain on his glittering Supercars career at the end of this season didn't sit well with Holden legend Jamie Whincup.

The seven-time Supercars champion has ended speculation about his future, confirming he will go around for Red Bull again in 2021.

The 37-year-old has been open about considering all options during the off-season.

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"My addiction for racing, speed and trying to beat my mates to the finish line started when I was seven years old," Whincup said.

"Any thought of finishing full-time driving this year doesn't sit well with me.

"I feel I have plenty to offer this sport from behind the wheel.

"While my full focus is on this year's championship and delivering results, it's great to know that all the fun will continue well into 2021."

Another campaign with Red Bull will extend his glittering career into an extraordinary 20th Supercars season.

Discussions about Whincup's future only intensified in October when he was elected to the Supercars Commission, a year after taking a 15 per cent stake in Triple Eight.

Whincup will again form an all-star duo with 2016 champion Shane van Gisbergen.

Ford's Scott McLaughlin might have cantered to a second straight championship last year, but Whincup finished 2019 in stronger form by claiming three of the last four victories of the season.

Van Gisbergen was runner-up to McLaughlin for the second straight year.

Remarkably, Whincup has been in the top three of the overall standings every year since 2007, except for 2015 when he placed fifth.

What Holden's demise really means for Supercars .
The demise of Holden won't kill Supercars in Australia. But it will force the series to face its future with a sense of genuine urgency. Even without GM's decision to axe the Holden name, it's unlikely that there would have been Holdens racing in Supercars for long. It always felt like the current factory deal, which is supposed to run through to the end of 2021, would be the last one for Holden in its traditional sense.Then, best-case scenario, the out-of-production Commodore would be replaced by a racing Camaro or Corvette – backed by GM. None of that necessarily changes.

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