Lowndes needed a poor showing from Whincup and a fifth-place finish (which he managed) to take the title, but Whincup had the edge, becoming Australian Touring Car Champion for 2013.
When asked why he didn’t take it easy for the final race of the year, Whincup said he wanted to race hard until the very end.
"It is all about walking away at the end of the day and looking yourself in the mirror, have you been true to yourself, have you done the right thing by everyone and did it plan out the way you wanted it to; that was all part of it for me, to race hard,” Whincup said.
"That's my whole motivation, I just love driving my car. We do a lot of work behind the scenes to make the car better, to make it more enjoyable to drive the car."
Whincup now joins Australian Touring Car greats Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife and Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan with all four drivers having five championships to their name.
At the start of the round, Ford drivers Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison were still a mathematical chance of taking the title, but a disastrous weekend for Winterbottom and the initial points-gap for Davison saw them fall out of contention after Saturday’s penultimate race.
The 2014 season gets underway at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, from February 27 to March 2.
2013 V8 Supercars Championship – Final Points Standings
- 1. Jamie Whincup - 3094
- 2. Craig Lowndes - 2966
- 3. Will Davison -2799
- 4. Mark Winterbottom - 2793
- 5. Shane van Gisbergen - 2508
- 6. Fabian Coulthard -2501
- 7. Jason Bright -2381
- 8. Garth Tander - 2322
- 9. David Reynolds - 2058
- 10. Scott McLaughlin - 1934