World News – AU – Whincup kicked out of Queensland after Bathurst return


According to the Courier Mail newspaper, the seven-time Supercar champion was able to cross the New South Wales / Queensland border without quarantining himself in the last week, while driving one of the trucks of the team

Freight drivers are generally exempt from the number of national border closures currently in place around Australia

However, after entering Queensland, where the Triple Eight team is based, staff who had crossed the border, including Whincup, were asked by authorities to either leave the state or enter. mandatory quarantine in hotels

They have since returned to Kingscliff, just across the border, where a number of Queensland-based Supercar pilots and crew members are currently serving two weeks of quarantine.

« We had seven people who came back across the border with F passes – just like everyone does every day with commercial freight, » said Roland Dane, boss of Triple Eight. to Courier Mail

« One of them was Jamie Whincup, who is a heavy truck driver, has been for many years and is a part owner of the company

« He was kind enough to volunteer to drive a truck back and forth as we were taking one more truck than we normally would

« The point is, the trucks legitimately reverted to F passes driven by heavy vehicle drivers, of which Jamie is a part, to the way trucks pass every minute of every hour

« All we did was comply with the regulations I don’t understand why we were picked in there when there are a lot of other trucks that have gone to Bathurst and are coming back into Queensland « 

Whincup explained that police initially indicated there was no problem, before going back on Friday night

« Three hours later [police said] ‘oh no, guys that’s not how we thought’ [and] basically ‘get out of Queensland’

« I had no contact [with the police] at all, just got an email saying, hey, you need to go to NSW and quarantine

« I guess the gist is they make the rules, we read the rules, we did it all legally, then they went, oh wait, that’s not what we meant »

The saga ends a disappointing campaign in Bathurst for Whincup, who crashed out of the Great Race after just 33 laps

Jamie Whincup, Queensland, Supercars Championship

World News – AU – Whincup kicked out from Queensland after returning to Bathurst



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