Sydney: Triple Eight celebrates 100th event

Triple Eight hits triple digits Triple Eight Race Engineering will celebrate a major milestone at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale this weekend, contesting its 100th event in the V8 Supercar Championship Series. The Brisbane-based operation...

Triple Eight hits triple digits

Triple Eight Race Engineering will celebrate a major milestone at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale this weekend, contesting its 100th event in the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The Brisbane-based operation debuted at Sandown in 2003, and kick-started a category-leading run of results following its first race win at Eastern Creek in 2005 with Craig Lowndes at the wheel.

Running under the TeamVodafone banner since the start of the 2007 season, Triple Eight has won 63 of the 223 individual races it has contested across the course of 99 events, equating to a win rate of 28.25% or at least one race win from every four starts.

Recorded in rapid-fire in just over seven seasons, the 63 race wins take the Triple Eight team to third on the all-time winners list in Australian Touring Car Championship history.

In terms of event wins (formerly 'round' wins), the team has taken 32 from its 99 starts, equating to a success rate of 32.32%, or almost a third of all events contested.

Along the way, Triple Eight has amassed four Bathurst 1000 wins along with three Sandown/Phillip Island 500 wins, thereby giving it far and away the best endurance race record in the sport over the last five years.

Meanwhile the team has won at least two races on every circuit raced on during the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series, with the exception, so far, of Homebush.

The driving force behind the team's establishment in Australia, Team Principal and owner Roland Dane said he felt proud to have led the operation to 100 event starts in such a successful fashion.

"The transition to V8 Supercars was a tough one, and we had plenty to learn about the category in our first year or two of operation," said Dane.

"Over the years we've built an incredible team, with each member as committed as the next to achieving excellence in this touring car category which is now considered the world's most competitive and professional.

"I gladly pay tribute to the exemplary efforts of all the drivers who have contributed to our win rate and these include not only Craig and Jamie, but also Yvan Muller, Mark Skaife and Steve Owen, and I thank all of them along with our employees past and present for their individual and collective efforts over the years.

"It's a significant milestone to reach 100 not out, and to have won more than a quarter of the races and close to a third of the total events we have contested is a feat that the whole team should be proud of.

"We're now focused on rounding out our 100th event with another couple of wins, and doing everything we can to add a third consecutive driver's championship next to our Team's Championship for 2010.

"We'd like to acknowledge and extend our thanks to Aaron Noonan who researched and compiled these facts and stats."

Contributing 42 of the team's 63 race wins, two-time champion Jamie Whincup has a personal race win rate of 26.59%, or more than one win for every four starts.

Teammate Craig Lowndes has also scored 25 of his career 77 wins as a member of the Triple Eight team.

The team celebrated the milestone today, with 100 cupcakes featuring iced logos of naming-rights sponsor, Vodafone.

More facts and stats from Triple Eight's 100th V8 Supercar start

- This winning record is even more impressive since Triple Eight's first race win in 2005 (Craig Lowndes, Eastern Creek). Since that victory Triple Eight's V8SCS race-winning percentage is 35.2% - at least one race win every three starts.
- Since 2003 its full-time drivers have amassed a total of 32,394 championship points - in comparison, full-time HRT drivers have gathered 29,787.
- A total of 83 podium finishes. Since 2006 there have been 74 podium finishes for Triple Eight drivers at V8 Supercar Championship Series events.
- Triple Eight have had a driver finish either as runner-up or champion every year from 2005 to 2009 and that's almost guaranteed to be continued in 2010.
- 2008 and 2010 Team's Championships.
- 2008 Best Presented Team
- 4 Pole Position Awards (Lowndes 2005, Whincup 2008/2009/2010)
- 4 Barry Sheene Medal Winners (Lowndes 2005/2006, Whincup 2007/2008)

-source: teamvodafone

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