The seven-time collection champion has been in hunt for an eighth crown all season, offering the stiffest contest to a largely-dominant McLaughlin.
Nonetheless Whincup’s title hopes screeched to a halt at this time, his margin to McLaughlin now an insurmountable 305 factors heading to subsequent month’s season finale in Bathurst.
The early conclusion to the title combat in McLaughlin’s favour is at odds to the early season type, the Triple Eight Holdens having appeared the category of the sphere on the season-opening Adelaide 500 and the Australian Grand Prix, earlier than it was cancelled.
However Triple Eight has seemingly failed to fireplace for the reason that resumption of the season in June, inconsistency in automotive velocity and uncharacteristic strategic and pit errors proving expensive for each Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.
In response to Whincup there was no lack of effort from T8 within the battle towards DJR Staff Penske, only a easy lack of execution.
“We genuinely had fairly good tempo at Adelaide and the Grand Prix,” mentioned Whincup.
“We pushed exhausting to attempt to enhance the automotive’s tempo because the 12 months went on, made some beneficial properties, made some losses as effectively.
“We definitely weren’t able the place we had been simply going to run round second, we did all the things we might. That confirmed with a few poor outcomes whereas we had been experimenting with issues.
“There’s not way more I can actually clarify about that. We gave all of it we had and simply weren’t adequate.”
Whincup additionally paid tribute to McLaughlin, praising the Kiwi as a deserving three-time champion.
“I’ve loved the season. Sport is in regards to the variabilities and curveballs that get thrown at you,” he mentioned.
“It’s who offers with these curveballs the perfect and adapts to these circumstances. From a sporting viewpoint this 12 months has been nice. We haven’t recognized what tracks we’re going to, the codecs have modified, it’s simply been turned on its head.
“I’ve all the time mentioned whoever wins the championship is definitely going to deserve it, a technique or one other.
“Scotty and his crew have been the cream for a few years and have proven this 12 months that with all of the variabilities, they’ve nonetheless come out on high.
“It’s what it ought to be. They who work the toughest, deliver the perfect automotive to the monitor and do job on the monitor as effectively ought to get the largest prize of the 12 months.”