Oil giant Caltex will return to the V8 Supercars Championship as a naming rights’ sponsor next year, with the company’s Vortex logos to adorn Craig Lowndes’ car for the 2016 season.

Lowndes’ #888 Holden Commodore will run under the colours of TeamVortex in 2016, marking the first time that Castrol has had primary sponsorship of a car since it was run on Russell Ingall’s Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon in 2007.

The announcement comes barely a week after Lowndes claimed his sixth Bathurst 1000 triumph and a record-breaking thirteenth top-three finish at ‘The Mountain’, sharing his car with Steven Richards.

“We’re extremely pleased to have Caltex step up for 2016 and beyond with the creation of TeamVortex,” team principal Roland Dane said.

Russell Ingall (Caltex Racing Ford Falcon BF), 2007

Caltex last ran as a title sponsor in 2007 on Russell Ingall’s Stone Brothers Racing Ford.

“This gives us a brilliant opportunity to give Craig a platform to continue to rack up race wins including, hopefully, a few more Bathursts.

“This is also a great testament to the category as a whole with an organisation of the stature of Caltex choosing to increase its involvement and visibility at this time.”

Triple Eight Race Engineering will expand to three cars next year with its purchase of a third Racing Entitlements Contract and the signing of up-and-coming New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen.

Van Gisbergen and six-time series champion Jamie Whincup will compete with the outfit’s Red Bull colours. The Austrian energy drinks giant has been the primary sponsor of the team since it switched from Vodafone at the end of the 2012 season.

Images via Motorsport.com

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