Holden has renewed its contract with Triple Eight Race Engineering (Red Bull Racing Australia), announcing the signing of a new multi-year deal today.

The announcement confirms the carmaker’s continued participation in the V8 Supercars Championship, although the devil remains in the detail, as the length of the contract extension was not publicly confirmed although it is believed to be for a further two years.

The long-term future of Holden in the series also remains uncertain, with the car maker announcing the shutdown of its Australian operations, all but bringing an end to the manufacturing of the Commodore model used in the championship. The last Commodore will come off the production lines in 2016, meaning that Holden will have to supply a new car model from 2017 onwards.

Triple Eight switched from Ford to Holden in 2010, and the relationship has proven to be hugely successful with Jamie Whincup winning the last three Drivers’ Championship titles.

“Holden is proud to extend its championship-winning partnership with Red Bull Racing Australia,” Holden Motorsport and Sponsorship Manager Simon McNamara said.

“Red Bull Racing Australia is the sport’s benchmark team, and together we have already achieved great success on and off-track. They played a pivotal role in the development of the new-generation VF Commodore last year; while a number of business-to-business (B2B) deals have seen our partnership grow.”

A further announcement confirming Holden’s partnership renewal with its factory Holden Racing Team is expected to be made in due course.

Image via Red Bull Racing Australia

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