“It's that close it's ridiculous,” Whincup said of a second straight Championship. “But I'll be working as hard as I have been in the past month going into Sydney. I've got a massive opportunity to drive a V8 Supercar around Olympic Park which is a massive deal to the team and a massive deal to our sponsors.
“My year is not finished now, I'm not going to cruise home.”
Whincup's team-mate Lowndes won today, his first victory in Perth in a Ford. It went a way to silencing some critics who during the week claimed he was too old. It was his 74th career race win.
“I'm as old as I think I am but not as slow as they think I am,” Lowndes said.
Jim Beam's Steven Johnson was second, his first podium in Perth and Tander third on the day his wife Leanne was sent to hospital after a heavy crash in the Mini Challenge.
“We played it simple and straight,” Johnson said of using the soft tyres today. “It's really easy to try too hard and tell yourself not to push it because we are racing car drivers after all. We just played it very sensibly today.”