The Diary of My Championship Year is a unique glimpse into the life and mind of one of Australia's top sportsmen. This is Jamie Whincup's personal account of the year in which he won his second consecutive V8 Supercar Championship, starting from the big one at Bathurst. Jamie takes you inside TeamVodafone and unlocks the keys to winning with the most successful team in the world's toughest touring car competition. He holds thing back, sharing the highs and lows through each and every moment of the V8 Supercar season. He reveals what makes Bathurst so special, his motivation for winning, and how he copes with failure. For the first time he talks about the controversial switch from Ford to Holden, his relationship with Craig Lowndes, his on-track rivalries and off-track escapes.
Whincup dominated in karting before graduating to Formula Ford in 2000. Crowned Australian champion in 2002 he caught the eye of team owner Garry Rogers, who gave the Victorian his V8 Supercar debut at the then, Queensland 500 later that year. Having worked his way up through the V8 Supercar ranks, Whincup joined Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2006 and took victory in the gruelling Clipsal 500 on debut. He also went on to win Bathurst with Craig Lowndes in his first year. In 2007 Whincup proved a serious title contender, winning four rounds, including his second consecutive Bathurst victory, on his way to finishing runner up to Garth Tander by a mere two points. In 2008 he took his third Bathurst 100 crown in a row before moving on to claim the championship with a victory in Race 1 at Oran Park in a season where he won six rounds and was clearly the class of the field. He backed it up again in 2009 with a new FG Falcon, winning 11 races and sealing back-to-back titles.