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No apologies for V8 team domination
By Guy Hand
09:12 AEST Mon Nov 19 2012

Newly-crowned V8 Supercar champion Jamie Whincup and teammate Craig Lowndes make no apologies if their domination is making the series boring.

Instead they've issued a challenge to the other teams to catch up.

Whincup sealed his fourth V8 title with his third place behind Lowndes at Winton in Victoria on Sunday, with one round of the series still remaining.

Their Team Vodafone was challenged heavily this season by Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison.

But their response was to lift their game to unprecedented levels, sweeping all before them.

Whincup has won 12 of the 28 races so far this season, and Team Vodafone has won 17 of the past 18.

The 29-year-old Whincup has won four of the past five titles - more than Lowndes or Peter Brock.

Only the great Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife and Ian Geoghegan have won more.

"I don't find it (the domination) boring at all. Some of the greatest sporting moments - (Michael) Schumacher at his peak, watching Roger Federer clean up, (nine-time world rally champion) Sebastien Loeb, I really appreciate the guys who step up and do a phenomenal job," Whincup said.

"It doesn't need to be different winners each year to make the sporting spectacle what it is."

Lowndes said fans might find Team Vodafone's domination difficult at times but it was up to other teams to match them.

"The beauty about us and FPR is we've got two strong drivers, we've got great leadership and great structure," Lowndes said.

"When Jamie and I outdo each other, we want to keep going. We push our engineers, engineers push the team and it flows on.

"As an organisation, I've never been in anything better.

"It's really up to other teams to step up. If they want to have the same desire to win, I'm sure they'll put the effort in."

Whincup will be officially presented with his championship following the final round of the series at Sydney's Homebush street circuit from November 30 to December 2.


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