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V8 Supercars: Whincup Crowned 2014 Champion As Sydney Drowns Photo:
 
 
Trevor Collett | Dec, 08 2014 | 0 Comments

Another year, another Australian Touring Car Championship trophy for Jamie Whincup and the Red Bull Racing V8 Supercar team.

Whincup dominated the 2014 championship, finishing 583 points clear of second-placed Shane Van Gisbergen, who in turn was just 13 points clear of Mark Winterbottom in third.

That means six championships in seven years for Whincup and the Triple Eight team, making him the most successful driver in the ATCC’s history in terms of championship crowns.

Whincup also went close in 2007 and 2010, meaning the now-complete 2014 season could well have been his eighth championship victory.

As Volvo was unlikely to have been chasing a championship in its debut season, the team will no doubt be pleased with the pace of its S60 Polestar racers throughout the year.

Volvo’s lead driver Scott McLaughlin finished the championship in fifth, and capped off a great year by claiming pole position for the final race of 2014.

Nissan also broke into the top-ten for 2014, with driver Michael Caruso claiming tenth in the championship.

The final round of the 2014 V8 Supercars championship may have been a ‘dead rubber’, but Sydney’s wild weather kept the fans watching until the end.

Sudden (but not unexpected) downpours marred races on both Saturday and Sunday during the meeting, as the Olympic Park street circuit at Homebush was quickly flooded by the volume of water.

Sunday’s final race was suspended and then red-flagged, after heavy rain for 20 minutes meant no resumption was possible before the 5:40 PM deadline.

Organisers threw the gates open for rain-drenched fans to exit the venue via the track, and the surrounding lightning prompted them to announce “anyone still sitting in grandstands at this point does so at their own risk”.

Veteran Russell Ingall announced his retirement from full-time driving at the conclusion of the race meeting, after a ‘comeback’ year in 2014 following The Enforcer’s announcement he would retire last year.

Whincup will be aiming for his seventh ATCC title when the series returns in 2015, while Ford has confirmed a lesser involvement next year before withdrawing factory support by 2016.

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2014 V8 Supercars Championship - Final Points Standings

  1. Jamie Whincup - Holden - 3364 points
  2. Shane Van Gisbergen - Holden - 2781
  3. Mark Winterbottom - Ford - 2768
  4. Craig Lowndes - Holden - 2659
  5. Scott McLaughlin - Volvo - 2509
  6. James Courtney - Holden - 2489
  7. Chaz Mostert - Ford - 2451
  8. Fabian Coulthard - Holden - 2443
  9. Garth Tander - Holden - 2289
  10. Michael Caruso - Nissan - 1939
 
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