Red Bull Racing Australia is likely to field to new co-drivers for the 2014 Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds of the V8 Supercars Championship, after Warren Luff announced that he would not be continuing as Craig Lowndes’ co-driver next year.
Lowndes and Luff have driven together in the last two endurance campaigns, winning the Sandown 500 last year and the opening leg of this year’s ArmorAll Gold Coast 600. The pair won the inaugural Enduro Cup trophy, adding podium finishes at this year’s Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000 to their tally.
Luff confirmed his departure via a statement on social media, announcing that the Triple 8 Engineering stable had elected not to re-sign him for 2014.
“Now that the season has fully wrapped up, I want make the announcement that I won’t be partnering with Craig Lowndes next year for the endurance rounds,” he wrote.
“Triple 8 Racing have made the decision to look to the future and make longer term plans.
“I have had a great time at Triple 8 over the past two season’s having shared in 5 podium finishes with two wins.”
Luff confirmed he will race full-time in next year’s Porsche Carrera Cup championship, and that he was hopeful of being picked up by another team for next year’s Enduro Cup.
“At this stage I have no firm V8 endurance contract for next year, however I am in discussions with a few teams so I am still hopeful.”
Luff’s announcement paves the way for the team to field two new co-drivers, following confirmation that Jamie Whincup’s regular co-driver, Paul Dumbrell, was contemplating retiring from racing.