Triple Eight looks toward 2013 with new Commodore and Red Bull sponsorship

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Nancy Knapp Schilke

Championship V8 Supercars Australia team is rapidly preparing for the 2013 season. The new 2013 Holden Commodore COTF chassis which will on display at the Triple Eight Race Engineering’s home track in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia this coming weekend.

Managing Director Roland Dane also announced that the Triple Eight team will have a new sponsor. Red Bull Australia has agreed to join the defending championship team and their two champion drivers: Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. The two organizations just need to sign the official paperwork.

It’s a completely different beast in all areas of feel for the driver.

Jamie Whincup

The new car has completed its shakedown in the hands of Whincup at the Holden Driving Centre in Norwell. “Overall its vastly different to what we normally play with," said Whincup. “It’s a completely different beast in all areas of feel for the driver and is obviously different for the engineers as well.”

Triple Eight will build nine of the new Holden cars for the 2013 season. The project was overseen by Stephen Robertson and his team designed and built the COTF utilizing just over 1400 man hours. “This is our first completed chassis and it was important for us to show leadership and be the first to have the car running out on the track,” said Dane.

Whincup added, “I think a day like today demonstrates that we are doing some major things not just for us but for the category as a whole.”

Lowndes will have his turn to test the team’s car of the future on the Queensland Raceway circuit after this weekend’s Coates Hire Ipswich 300.

“Overall its vastly different to what we normally play with," said Whincup. “It’s a completely different beast in all areas of feel for the driver and is obviously different for the engineers as well. I think a day like today demonstrates that we are doing some major things not just for us but for the category as a whole,” said the reigning champion.

The Red Bull deal was excellent news for Triple Eight, and one they have been searching for since current sponsor Vodafone announced earlier this season that their association with the championship would end this year.

Podium: race winner Jamie Whincup, second place Craig Lowndes at Townsville, and next year their celebrations will include Red Bull signage
Podium: race winner Jamie Whincup, second place Craig Lowndes at Townsville, and next year their celebrations will include Red Bull signage

Photo by: Edge Photographics

Red Bull Australia stepped up to the plate with a multi-year deal. Dane was pleased to have landed a top-notch sponsor before the year closes. “We are thrilled by the prospect of Red Bull becoming our naming rights partner from 2013,” said Dane. We are confident that the deal will be finalized in the coming weeks,”

Jason Sargent, Managing Director of Red Bull Australia, commented, “Given Red Bull’s successful history in motorsports, we are very excited to form a partnership with Australia’s leading motorsport team.”

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