Dumbrell confirmed as Whincup's 2015 co-driver

  • 11/12/2014
  • By Red Bull Racing Australia
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Red Bull Racing Australia is excited to announce that Paul Dumbrell will join Jamie Whincup as co-driver for a fourth year in the #1 Holden Commodore for 2015.

After three successful years with the six-time championship-winning team, it's clear that the Dumbrell/Whincup partnership is a winning formula, with one Bathurst title, two consecutive Sandown victories and the 2014 PIRTEK Enduro Cup to their name.

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining Red Bull Racing Australia and Triple Eight again," Dumbrell said. "We had a great endurance season this year by winning the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, which was a big goal for Jamie and me.

"We came up a little bit short at Bathurst, but overall we had a successful campaign and next year will hopefully be no different. We'll go into the races working hard and trying to maximise points to get Jamie a seventh championship."

Red Bull Racing Australia's Race Team Manager Mark Dutton believes the 32-year-old is the best man for the job when it comes to championship pressure: "It's clear that he and Jamie [Whincup] are one of, if not the strongest, pairing in the category, so it's great to be able to keep them together for another year.

"You know you've got a good co-driver when you don't need to keep their stints to the bare minimum - we have the confidence to leave him in the car for longer because, not only does he keep the car clean, he is also very quick, quicker than a lot of the regular drivers."

Alongside his co-driving duties, Dumbrell has been clocking up extra miles in the Dunlop Series with Eggleston Motorsport, claiming the title for the second time, and is looking for a similar drive for 2015.

"We'll definitely race something outside of the enduros next year," he said, "but whether or not that's in the Dunlop Series or the Australian GT Series, we're not sure yet. We'll certainly get a few more laps because this year worked really well with getting some miles before the big endurance races, so hopefully we'll be able to announce that in the next month or so."

Dumbrell will appear alongside Whincup at the Wilson Security Sandown 500, Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 for 2015.

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