Triple Eight Race Engineering resumes the mantle factory Holden team for 2019, ready to rumble in what is shaping up as a battle of the Titans year in Supercars.
2018 was a fruitful year for the team who claimed the 2018 Supercars Team’s Championship with star driver Shane van Gisbergen narrowly missing out on the drivers’ crown to finish second in the standings.
2016 and 2017 saw Red Bull Racing deliver Holden consecutive driver Championships, with both teammates taking one apiece.
The results for the team have been exceptional but only served to demonstrate the classy approach taken by the Triple Eight outfit since it entered the Supercars Championship in 2003.
While it was initially a steep learning curve for the British Touring Car Championship team, Roland Dane and his loyal supporters worked hard and improved meteorically.
A significant coup was the signing of star driver Craig Lowndes in 2005, who came to the team with not only experience and raw talent, but a highly-marketable off-track personality.
The Holden hero retired at the end of 2018 in what was an emotional time for the entire paddock with another legend hang-up his fulltime Supercars racing boots.
Lowndes finished series runner-up in 2005 and again in 2006, the latter the same year that Jamie Whincup was signed by the team with the pair going on to record the first of three-straight Bathurst 1000 victories.
Since then, Triple Eight has recorded three more Bathurst 1000 wins (Lowndes/Mark Skaife in 2010, Whincup/Paul Dumbrell in 2012 and Lowndes/Steven Richards in 2015), while Whincup has won seven championships, including four-straight, in the last eight years.
In 2016, Red Bull Racing notched up several milestones for Holden, including its 100th race win since switching to Commodores, Holden’s 500th Supercars victory and was a significant contributor in the brand’s unprecedented 12th manufacturer’s title.
The ongoing attention to detail and absolute professionalism saw Holden promote the team to official factory team status for 2017 and beyond, with Red Bull Holden Racing set to remain the benchmark of the sport.
Team Owner: Roland Dane
Team Principal: Mark Dutton
Debut: 2003 (Sandown V8SCS Rd 9)
Full Team Driving Line Ups
2003 – Paul Radisich, Dean Canto
2004 – Paul Radisich, Max Wilson
2005 – Craig Lowndes, Steven Ellery
2006-15 – Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup
2016-19 – Jamie Whincup, Shane Van Gisbergen
Stats as of April 2019 (Post Tasmania)
ATCC/V8SCS Race Wins: 185
ATCC/V8SCS Pole Positions: 123
2006 – Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup
2007 – Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup
2008 – Craig Lowndes/Jamie Whincup
2010 – Craig Lowndes/Mark Skaife
2012 – Jamie Whincup/Paul Dumbrell
2015 – Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards
2018 – Craig Lowndes/Steve Richards
2014 Teams Championship Position: 1st
2015 Teams Championship Position: 1st
2016 Teams Championship Position: 1st
2017 Teams Championship Position: 2nd
2018 Teams Championship Position: 2nd