Jamie Whincup urges the new Supercars CEO must focus on getting international races into the calendar, most importantly in Asia.
Warburton announced yesterday that he will stand down at the CEO at the end of 2017 following spending over four years in the job, with The Daily Telegraph reporting that at least one member of the Supercars board refused the pay rise in a decision that led to the bombshell announcement.
The former Network Ten boss leaves the sport with increased crowd figures, but with aspirations of racing in Asia was still on the to-do list.
There were plans to introduce a Malaysia race in 2016, but was were put on ice due to a legal battle. While there were talks for possible races in Thailand and Indonesia but never came to be any serious options.
The most serious option to race in Asia is being apart of Singapore’s Formula 1 program following previous the non-permanent oversea races held in Texas, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
Whincup, who boasts more than 100 wins in more than a decade behind the wheel, said Warburton’s replacement needed to focus on expanding Supercars’ footprint.
“James [Warburton] has done an awesome job over the last couple of years, but those guys don’t last forever,” Whincup said.
“Fingers crossed his replacement is someone just as influential. Absolutely we do need more international events on the calendar, we’ve put our toe in the water in the US and Abu Dhabi but we’d love to do some racing in Asia.
“It’s relevant, it’s in our time zone so anything north of here would be fantastic.”
Warburton will call time after the Newcastle 500 on November 26, while also overseeing this weekend’s Gold Coast 600 and Auckland SuperSprint from November 3-5.