Jamie Whincup isn't giving up the ghost for V8 Supercars Championship
Thursday 1 Dec 2016 7:59 p.m.
Jamie Whincup may need an extremely unlikely 190 points to win the V8 Supercars Championship in Sydney this weekend but he's not put off by the challenge.
The Championship looks all but secured for teammate New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen but Whincup said that it's certainly not mission impossible.
"It's still on," Whincup said in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House.
"My mindset is to never give up and go out there and go as hard as you can to the last lap of the last race."
"It's do-able, we'll focus on what we do and see how we go."
Whincup said that while he may not chase down van Gisbergen, he'll still look back on 2016 as a success.
"I'll look back on 2016 and say it's been a great year.
"We've done some really good things, won some really good races."
However the 33-year-old lamented the points dropped earlier in the year.
"We just lost a massive amount of points at really critical times of the year.
"That's why I'm in this position, 190 points behind.
In the van Gisbergen camp, the kiwi said he thoroughly enjoyed working with Whincup and fellow teammate Craig Lowndes throughout the year.
"You work together well, bouncing ideas off Craig and Jamie has been awesome this year.
"I've learnt a lot and we've really moved forward as a team. It's been cool to experience that kind of thing."
Van Gisbergen said that how well they worked off the track was represented in the final standings.
"As a reward we're 1,2 and 3 in the championship, it’s a good problem to have to be battling each other."