The Triple 8 Engineering stable has managed to poach three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards from Ford Performance Racing’s endurance racing line-up.

Richards will serve as co-driver to Craig Lowndes at the Pirtek Enduro Cup rounds for the next two years.

The New Zealander served as Mark Winterbottom’s co-driver in the #5 Pepsi Max Ford Falcon this year, with the pair claiming a thrilling win at the Bathurst 1000 (pictured above).

Lowndes’ former co-driver Warren Luff confirmed his departure from the team only yesterday, paving the way for the Red Bull Racing Australia team to confirm his successor.

“He has a wealth of experience that is invaluable during these intense races. With three Bathurst 1000 wins under his belt, he’s the perfect driver to partner Craig next year, and his win this season at the Mountain proved that he’s got what it takes to deliver us the best results possible,” team principal Roland Dane said in today’s announcement.

Despite previous speculation suggesting he would retire from competitive driving altogether, Paul Dumbrell will continue as Jamie Whincup’s co-driver in the team’s sister Holden Commodore.

“To be joining Red Bull Racing Australia and Jamie again next year is fantastic. We’ve had a really good run together and I’m looking forward to trying to continue that. I can’t wait to have a stab at winning back our Bathurst crown!” Dumbrell added.

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