Energy drink giant Red Bull has extended its Australian Supercars Championship title sponsorship deal with the Triple Eight Race Engineering team until at least the end of 2019.
The renewal follows the recent announcement from Holden that the multiple championship-winning outfit will become its sole factory-backed team next year. The team will therefore take the HRT moniker from rival outfit Walkinshaw Racing and now be known as the Red Bull Holden Racing Team.
Red Bull’s association as title sponsor with Triple Eight stretches back to 2013 when it joined in place of Vodafone.
In the four years of the partnership to-date, the team has claimed 60 race wins and 51 pole positions, as well as being undefeated Teams’ Championship winners. Six-time series champion Jamie Whincup claimed his 2013 and 2014 Drivers’ Championship titles in Red Bull colours.
Whincup and his teammate Shane van Gisbergen are the sole contenders to claim this year’s crown at the upcoming Sydney 500 round.
“Red Bull has taken the opportunity to further extend our partnership with Triple Eight and many of its long-standing partners as it’s proven to be a great recipe for success,” said Jason Sargent, Red Bull Australia’s Managing Director.
“I firmly believe in the Supercars category, the drivers and our fans, and I’m really excited that we can go racing together for, at least, the next three years.
The announcement recognises the squad’s achievements over the last four years, added Triple Eight team boss Roland Dane.
“I love the endorsement of everyone’s work here at Triple Eight,” he said. “It means a lot to every member of the team to have one of the world’s most high profile and exciting brands continuing to back us.”
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