Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell will have a brand new Triple Eight chassis to play with at next month’s Sandown 500.
After a hit-and-miss 2015 season so far, reigning V8 Supercars champion Whincup has pinned his hopes of better consistency on a brand new Commodore. The fresh set of wheels will get its first competitive hit-out at the upcoming Sandown 500, the first race of the 2015 Season of Endurance.
Whincup and Dumbrell will both be given the chance to sample chassis #040 at the team’s pre-Sandown test.
“There’s nothing nicer than a new car,” said Whincup.
“Every car is slightly different and unique in its own way, so I’m looking forward to the upcoming test to work on what this car likes to create a balance.”
“We’re excited to get a new chassis under Jamie,” added Mark Dutton, Whincup’s race engineer.
“The team has been working around the clock to get it ready for the enduros and we’re excited to see how it shakes down in the upcoming test.
“As Jamie mentioned earlier, each individual chassis – although built to spec – still has its own unique characteristics and it’s always an exciting process for both the driver and engineers to see how it plays out.
“There’s no hiding that we had an inconsistent start to the year, but we’ve definitely made up some ground in the last few rounds and feel like we’re at a point where the cars are much closer to the set-up window we need to be in to be able to consistently win races again.
“Jamie proved that on the weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park and hopefully with the addition of the new car, it’ll help add a little extra spark to he and Paul’s Enduro Cup defence.”