The Red Bull Racing Australia team has become the latest outfit to confirm it will run a one-off livery scheme for this weekend’s Bathurst 1000 endurance classic.
The works Holden outfit will celebrate the Royal Australian Air Force this weekend with military camouflage infused with the predominantly blue livery on its two Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell and Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards entries. The look also extends to the drivers’ race suits, which were custom-made by Alpinestars in Italy.
The newly liveried cars were delivered to Bathurst on an RAAF Hercules transporter plane as part of the tie-up, having spent two days filming at the RAAF Amberley base in Queensland.
“It’s clearly our biggest race of the year, and what better way to celebrate it than with another awesome team – that’s the Air Force,” championship leader Jamie Whincup said today.
“We share so many similarities and it’s awesome to team up with them and just showcase what the Air Force is all about and raise awareness for those guys. Hopefully the whole crew of the Air Force are right behind us this weekend.”
It’s not the first time that the team has had a tie-in with the Australian military branches. In 2011, the outfit (then in its Team Vodafone guise) ran an infantry camouflage scheme at the Townsville 400 in partnership with the Royal Australian Army (pictured right).
A number of other cars will also sport one-off livery schemes: Dick Johnson Racing’s #17 Ford will sport a Shell-style livery in deference to the colours it ran for much of the 1990s; Nissan Motorsport’s #360 Altima will run a ‘Bluebird’ retro scheme and Erebus Motorsport’s #4 E63 AMG will sport a black-and-yellow NASCAR-style colour scheme.
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