Defending V8 Supercars champions Team Vodafone launched their 2012 championship challenge with a launch ceremony in Sydney today, taking the wraps off a brand new livery that will be run on Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes’ Holden Commodores this season.
Courtesy of influence from title sponsor Vodafone, the last few seasons have seen the cars run with a McLaren-style red and chrome livery scheme, but this year’s palette is dominated by Vodafone’s corporate red, giving the cars a fresh and distinctive look for the upcoming season.
The team also announced that former full-time drivers Paul Dumbrell and Warren Luff will serve as the outfit’s co-drivers for the Sandown and Bathurst endurance races later this year, while international drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Richard Lyons would co-drive at the ArmorAll 600 on the Gold Coast in October.
“TeamVodafone enjoyed its most successful year in V8 Supercars in 2011, ending the season with the ultimate scenario of having both drivers in the running for the title, nail biting stuff for us,” Team Vodafone principal Adrian Burgess said at the launch.
“We’ve hit the ground running in 2012 and are well-prepared for the season to start.
“We’re especially pleased to have locked in a quality co-driver line-up for Sandown and Bathurst, and the international race on the Gold Coast.”
Meanwhile, the sister Ford Performance Racing entry belonging to Will Davison was also shown off to the media today at the team’s Melbourne headquarters.
Davison will again run the #6 TradingPost FPR entry, while team-mate Mark Winterbottom will compete in the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR car – launched last week – from the same stable.
After a rocky start to his maiden season with the team, Davison steadily improved to finish seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings in 2011, but the 2009 Bathurst 1000 winner believes that off-season stability could give him a legitimate shot at claiming the Drivers’ Championship title.
“I have never been more optimistic heading into a race season as I genuinely believe in our ability to be contenders from the first race of the year,” he told reporters today.
“We worked very hard last year to improve our ability to have a car that is strong no matter what tyres we use or what sort of circuit we race on. I plan to put all that effort into winning races. Once we get our first I have a feeling we can keep the ball rolling.”