Team Betta signs Whincup for 2006

New Kid on Triple Eights' Block Investing in the ongoing future success of Team Betta Electrical, Roland Dane, Managing Director of Triple Eight Race Engineering announced today that Car 88 will be driven by twenty-two year old Jamie Whincup in...

New Kid on Triple Eights' Block

Investing in the ongoing future success of Team Betta Electrical, Roland Dane, Managing Director of Triple Eight Race Engineering announced today that Car 88 will be driven by twenty-two year old Jamie Whincup in 2006.

Whincup has signed a contract for three years which will allow him to develop to his full potential with the team.

"We are very pleased to secure Jamie," Dane said. "He has shown himself to be a true racer with consistency that belies his years.

"We feel he will compliment Craig and possibly become a protégé, following in his footsteps, perhaps I can be so bold to say he could become the new 'Kid'.

"Our aim over the next few years is to remain truly competitive in the hunt for the Championship and to have both cars consistently performing in the top ten.

"Jamie joining the team should ensure we achieve these team objectives," Dane said.

Currently Victorian based, Whincup said he will relocate to Brisbane early in 2006 in preparation for his inaugural year with the team.

"I am absolutely rapt," Whincup said. "This is a very exciting opportunity for me and the next big step in my racing career."

"It is also great to know where my future lies, and to be working with Craig and such a high profile team gives me great satisfaction and pride."

"Now that things are secure I will put plans into place to move to Brisbane and be as close to the team as possible as it is a huge opportunity for me and I need to make the most of it," he concluded.

Craig Lowndes is also very supportive of the signing today.

"Jamie has really impressed me with his consistency especially during the endurance races and I am more than happy to pass on the title of 'the Kid' to my new team mate," Lowndes said

"We are all very pleased," Guy Houghton, CEO of Betta Stores Limited said. "Triple Eights' strategy of experience and now youth should ensure the team exceeds all our expectations.

"Jamie is an up and coming talent and it is great to see a leading team providing opportunities for future champions."

Eager to be part of the team and get a head start on 2006 preparations Whincup's first appearance will be at the Triple Eight All Ford Fan Day on Sunday December 4 at Queensland Raceway followed by his first official drive in Car 88 at the teams final test day of the year on December 9, also at Queensland Raceway.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering