Jamie Whincup kicked out of Queensland in border controversy

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Jamie Whincup, pictured here at the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panoarma.
Jamie Whincup looks on during the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panoarma. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Jamie Whincup has been evicted from Queensland over a border controversy following the Bathurst 1000.

According to the Courier Mail, the Supercars star and six members of his team were allowed to cross the border from New South Wales to Queensland last week without quarantining.

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Whincup, who raced in the Bathurst 1000 two weekends ago, was driving one of the team’s semi-trailers and was returning to his home state of Queensland with a freight pass.

Freight drivers are normally exempt from border rules put in place to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus.

However authorities have now kicked Whincup out of the state after ordering him to undertake hotel quarantine or return to NSW.

Whincup said police had told them they could enter Queensland, before authorities backflipped on that decision.

“It was a bit of ... the election is coming up, we don’t need any drama, so get out of Queensland,” he said.

Whincup and his team have since returned to Peppers Salt Resort and Spa in Kingscliff, just over the border, where a number of Supercars drivers and officials are currently serving two weeks of quarantine.

“We had seven people who came back across the border on F passes – as everyone is doing every day with commercial freight,” Triple Eight boss Roland Dane told the Courier Mail.

“One of those was Jamie Whincup, who is a heavy goods vehicle driver, has been for many years, and is a part-owner of the business.

“All we’ve done is comply with the regulations. I don’t understand why we have been picked out in this when there are plenty of other trucks that have gone to Bathurst and come back to Queensland.”

Queensland Police are now investigating the matter.

“Task Force Sierra Linnet detectives are currently investigating the alleged return of a number of Queensland residents that had attended the Bathurst 1000 sporting event on the weekend of 17-18 October, 2020,” they said in a statement.

“These matters are subject to ongoing investigation and no further comment can be made until the completion of these investigations.”

Jamie Whincup, pictured here driving at Mount Panorama.
Jamie Whincup drives the #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB at Mount Panorama. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Jamie Whincup’s Bathurst 1000 disaster

Whincup has won the Bathurst 1000 four times, but has had a testing relationship with the famous circuit in recent years.

That continued in the 2020 race, where he spun his Commodore out and hit a wall just 33 laps in - not even a quarter of a way through the great race.

The incident led to the safety-car being called and any hopes Whincup and Craig Lowndes had of driving another Holden car to victory dashed.

“Brodie (Kostecki) was making it pretty difficult out there but it’s not his fault, he’s entitled to go as hard as he possibly can,” Whincup said.

“He was doing nothing untoward. I was pushing hard to try and get through and get up the road.

“In hindsight, I should have just waited another lap, I probably would have got him (Kostecki).

“Disappointed for everyone. I'm fine, but obviously everyone has put in a lot of effort here inside this garage, engineers in particular. They deserve better.”

With 11 Mt Panorama titles between them, including three together, the star pairing was expected to give the 161-lap race a serious shake.

But as countless greats have discovered down the years, the famous mountain can bring even the most experienced driver undone.

with AAP

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