A highlight from Inside Supercars - Show 366 Jamie Whincup - The Early Years
On the eve of January cup's retirement from full-time racing inside supercars, spoken in some of the people who are part of his journey, the Triple H and his eventual domination of the sport. He's become like the continent professional as far as motor sport has been sanity. He does his job. He always lets his driving do he's talking. Thing that I would suggest stands out most and I'm sure still does to this day. So one of the most single minded people that I've ever met in my life. Jamie doesn't get the credit that he deserves for the amount of he's done in my opinion because he is being for so many years. The benchmark in the sport. This is the origin story of Jamie winker. We speak to his uncle, grand one cup, karting mental grant lindstrom, Mick Ritter, regarding his formula for years, and Tim miles, former owner of tasman motor sport. His final stop before joining Triple H the story starts with dad Dave and uncle Graham deciding the Korean motor sport was a logical choice. I started motor sport quite like in life and wish I had gone back in a lot of earlier and started earlier in something not as quiet as developed as the monster was because I never did it justice is the way when I built the car. So when Jamie come along, and this is all David's fault because David Jamie's father used to take me out to colder and to fisherman's band and got me around motor sport probably when I was 8 or ten years old, he dragged me along to car races. And he had friends that had Charles. So when Jamie was born and because David and I being actively involved in the monsters and things like that, he really never had much of a choice. Like he was going to be a race car driver, whether he thought it was a good idea and not David and I thought it was a great idea. So that was that. Going racing was a family affair, and David and Graham wind cup had a lot of fun with each other. When we used to go to the go kart races or a man on to motor sport in formula four, day was always there, of course. And people used to come up to me. People I'd known for many, many years from racing sports and so on and so I think it was Gary Rogers might have said it one day, and he was one of many. You know, you were a great black. You always bring your father along to the car writing and I always thought that David my Jamie's father was my father and Jamie was my son, because Dave had silver hair. He is a dark hair disappeared into a light gray when he was in his late 20s. So he always looked a lot older than what he was. It was always a bit of a bit of a Jack. Yeah, I always bring the dead along to the races and I used to get Sarah annoyed with it. With a cart purchased, and Jamie starting racing, grain felt needed to assist his brother to ensure his nephew had the best possible grounding in motor sport. And I thought, well, I've got to try and help as much as I can as early as possible to give him a great foundation. In motor sports, by the time he gets to 18 or 20 that he he's got all the racing knowledge and everything the only that he needs to go on to become a champion. The preparation of Jamie wasn't just about his cart and driving fast. It's very cheap to look presentable. Did I and I got growing up through great pairing to always just make the most of it situation and it doesn't cost anything to make sure you go catch quite every time you hit the every time you hit the track. So we would spend Monday to Friday, making sure we're all ready to go and presentable as possible and got there and there is professional job as you can at systemizing, not just in this sport, but you never know who's watching on, you know? In all faces of like you've got to respect the elders. I was brought up like that and died was brought up like that. We had a fairly hard Taskmaster in our dead and Jamie was brought up the same way to do the right thing and respect your elders and I remember this young fellow, but I got up on the diet, and he looked like he just painted dragged through the local tip and didn't present very well and got up there any time. I think the club and I'd like to thank me all May and for bringing me. And I was a guest at this kid, you know? And if you remember back in the old days, turning whenever we wait some way, we were always clean and tardy. We had uniforms, everything was coined and toddy, Jamie went up to pick up a trophy and he was reasonably well and with the team uniform on. And I said to Jamie on the way back after he picked up his track car city, boy, behaving, you talk like that. I don't kick you in the backside. And thank underseas he's never ever been disrespectful to anybody as far as I know. And that's just another part of him growing up that I suppose we tried to teach him you know, not only have you got to be a good race driver, but you've got to be a good person. And respect your sponsors and everybody else around you to do the right thing because no one likes to be involved with a person that's got no respect. Graham said to help develop his presentation skills they encourage Jamie to attend toastmasters from a very early age. Toastmasters was a thing that was relied to us through a frame that was very heavily involved with it. And it was a little bit of personalized tutoring with Jamie. And we used to have I still have a farm, which is about a two hour drive out of Melbourne. And sometimes we'd pick up Jamie on the way out there and we'd give him a subject that he had to talk about for ten minutes. And it was quite funny. Some of the things he used to say, you know, talk about split pins or all sorts of stupid things, but it gave him a great grounding that he could he could communicate and talk about things with promoters or TV or media like that. And he still very good at that today. Meant to grant lindstrom and establish kart team manager and uncle Graham agreed Jamie had an innate driving ability as a junior in carts, January's efficient and good at was on cold tires and in slippery conditions. He was just his exceptionally good at that. And a guy called in the right situation. He jumped the first and jumped the first lap and always, he'd always pull a gap if he was if he was on the front rather there. There's always exceptionally good on cold and he was very good on slippery condition trackers. Right, Becca days, you know, he was always a good qualify. You know, you go through your heats and Jamie would always end up in the finals in the first two rows.