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Whincup vows not to slow down in Supercars

NZN 3/12/2016 Roje Adaimy

Jamie Whincup is not giving up on his burning desire to win an unprecedented seventh Supercars title, despite losing out for a second year running.

The Red Bull Racing great was pipped on Saturday evening by teammate Shane van Gisbergen, who claimed his maiden championship.

The 2016 crown has effectively been a battle between the pair since the middle of the season, only do be decided in the first race of the year-ending Sydney 500.

While Whincup won, van Gisbergen's third place earned him enough points to secure the championship before Sunday's 74-lap finale.

"I tried hard this year - it wasn't my year," he said.

"I just lost a lot of points in critical times. That's the story of 2016 for Car No.888."

But he has declared himself hungrier than ever for title No.7.

"Hopefully, it makes me stronger and I come back harder next year.

"I won't slow down and, when I think I will, I'll just give it up."

He admitted he might not have even been in contention for the championship if it wasn't for van Gisbergen, who provided a bit of extra motivation when he joined the team this season from Tekno Autosports.

"Potentially not," Whincup said.

"It's been a cracker year. I hope everyone enjoyed the battle. It's just come down to which way it went on a few critical times. Hopefully, my best years are yet to come."

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