Jamie Whincup will remain with the Triple Eight Racing family for a tenth season in 2015, announcing today that he he had signed a one-year contract extension to drive for the Red Bull Racing Australia team.
The deal now sees Whincup’s new contract set to expire at the same time as veteran teammate Craig Lowndes, with the pair once again expected to go head-to-head in the battle for the 2014 Drivers’ Championship title, which kicks off this weekend with the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Whincup – who will be aiming for a record fifth national touring car title – had previously indicated a desire to sign a short contract extension in order to keep his options open, given the addition of three new manufacturers to the grid following the introduction of the ‘Car of the Future’ regulations.
“I’m really happy to be staying with the family. There have been some big changes that have happened over my time here – naming rights sponsors, changing to Car of the Future and now changing engineer.”
While Whincup has openly canvassed the idea of exploring offshore racing opportunities, he added that his commitment – for the time at least – was with the V8 Supercars Championship.
“The category is in really good shape and is moving forward well, so I’m really excited to confirm that I’ll continue to be a part of it for at least another couple of years,” he added.
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