The 2016 V8 Supercars Championship field is still more than three weeks’ away from getting its season underway, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams from showcasing the colour schemes they will run.
The build-up to the forthcoming season has seen one of the biggest year-to-year changes in the make-up of the entire grid, with a number of drivers and sponsors swapping teams.
It therefore comes as no surprise that a number of outfits have already taken the lead in unveiling the colour schemes they will run for the 2016 season, which kicks off with the Clipsal 500 at Adelaide on March 3-5.
Check out some of the livery schemes which have already been revealed…
Castrol Vortex colours for Lowndes
Last year’s V8 Supercars Championship runner-up Craig Lowndes will drive in a brand new colour scheme for the 2016 season, with Vortex – the premium brand of the Caltex conglomerate – assuming complete naming rights of the veteran’s #888 Triple Eight Racing Holden Commodore.
Having spent the previous three seasons running in the colours of Red Bull alongside teammate Jamie Whincup, Lowndes has returned to hit roots with long-time sponsor Caltex stepping up to assume a more prominent sponsorship role while Whincup and new teammate Shane van Gisbergen will remain with Red Bull liveries.
Still nursing the effects of a fractured collarbone after a motorbike accident in the off-season, Lowndes was on-hand to unveil his car’s new colour scheme as he prepares to contest his twentieth season of racing in Australian touring car championships.
Shell colours for DJR Team Penske
Having expanded to a two-car operation and brought on the highly-rated Fabian Coulthard into its driving line-up, the DJR Team Penske squad’s livery is a throwback of sorts to an older time.
The grid’s oldest team will run in Shell Helix colours for at least the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, having opted for similar branding on its sole Ford Falcon FG X of Scott Pye at a number of events last year as part of a rotating sponsorship programme.
“Last year’s Shell Helix livery was definitely a fan favourite. We had generations of fans all telling us that it was one of the best looking cars out there,” said the team’s managing director Ryan Story.
“As good as the car looks, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in our expanded partnership with Viva Energy. They share an extensive and successful commercial arrangement with Penske Transportation Group International here in Australia which makes the 2016 partnership even more important for the team.”
Super Black Racing gets colorful
Super Black Racing is another outfit to be competing with a markedly different livery thanks to a new naming rights sponsor.
The team will run a black-and-gold paint job thanks to the new sponsorship of the Ice Break coffee brand, which has been a long-time backer of the team’s newly-signed driver Chris Pither.
After running young New Zealander Andre Heimgartner for much of its debut season, the team recruited Pither for the final two rounds of the championship to evaluate him as a potential replacement for the 2016 season.
“I’m very fortunate to have had the support of the Ice Break brand since 2010. They have been an integral part of my racing career since then and it’s fantastic they are taking the next step on the journey alongside myself and Super Black Racing. It’s an understatement to say we are excited and looking forward to the new season,” Pither said.
Modified liveries at Brad Jones Racing
The Brad Jones Racing stable has a longstanding tradition of running striking paint jobs on its cars, and it looks like 2016 will be no exception.
The Albury-based squad is running a substantially changed line-up in 2016, with only series veteran Jason Bright remaining for a seventh season while Fabian Coulthard (DJR Team Penske) and Dale Wood (Nissan Motorsport) both headed for other outfits. In their places came Tim Slade (Walkinshaw Racing) and Tim Blanchard (Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport) respectively.
Blanchard joins with the team with the backing of his family’s CoolDrive Distribution company, which will again carry naming rights sponsorship of his #21 Holden Commodore that sports a slightly revised colour scheme from what he ran last year with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.
It’s a similar story for Jason Bright, who will once again campaign the colours of the BOC gas group, which enters its twelfth season as a naming rights sponsor – the longest sponsorship partnership with the same team in the sport’s history. Bright will be piloting an all-new Holden Commodore chassis, which will have its shakedown run at the pre-season test at Winton Raceway on February 22.
Also getting a brand new chassis is the team’s other new driver, Tim Slade. Slade will pilot the team’s #14 Freightliner Racing entry, which has also undergone a subtle livery tweak since it was raced by Coulthard last year (pictured top).
Images via Brad Jones Racing, DJR Team Penske, Super Black Racing, TeamVortex
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