It might look like it but V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup is adamant his reign isn’t over just yet.
The six-time V8s champion lies a whopping 444 points behind title leader Mark Winterbottom, with the Ford driver claiming back-to-back wins on Saturday at Queensland Raceway.
Throughout the years when Whincup has sat atop the V8s ladder, he’s always maintained nothing is settled until after the annual endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.
Trailing by such a hefty margin, the Holden ace says nothing’s different.
“If you’re 400 ahead, 400 behind, first, last or 10th, it makes no difference at this time of year, as I always say,” Whincup told AAP.
“I’m not changing my tune now that I’m not leading.
“We’ll fight on until the end of Gold Coast and then hopefully we’re in contention then and can come up with a plan.”
Whincup at least showed some signs of life on Saturday in his flagging season.
His Red Bull Racing teammate Craig Lowndes secured two podium finishes while Whincup finished ninth and fifth to move one stop up the standings into seventh.
“This is the first time we’ve really challenged next door (Prodrive Racing Australia) for a while, so we’ll take that as a massive positive,” he said.
“We’re making progress. It’s going to take three or four race meetings, or three or four months to get back to where we want to be. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction.”