Almost six months on from announcing its partnership with the Triple Eight Engineering squad, drinks giant Red Bull has officially entered as its own team and taken the covers off the pair of Holden Commodore VF racers that will be piloted by defending champion Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.
The pair had the honours in a glittering launch ceremony today in Sydney, and the team hopes that its new look will help deliver it a fifth Drivers’ and Teams’ Championship title.
“Red Bull is known world-wide as a champion of all things motorsport and I believe with Triple Eight, we can build on the success of both organisations,” Triple Eight Engineering owner Roland Dane said.
The reigning champions will face stiff competition in the inaugural year of the new ‘Car of the Future’ regulations, with Holden, Ford, Nissan and AMG threatening to topple Lowndes and Whincup from top spot.
“Our expectation is obviously to be on the podium – we’re working pretty hard as a team to make that a reality. Clipsal will come down to reliability. We still haven’t put a race run together, which is something all teams will be keen to do before Clipsal,” Lowndes said today.