Red Bull Ampol 'not trying to be quiet achievers'

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 29/01/2021
  • By James Pavey

Jamie Whincup said the new Red Bull Ampol Racing livery reflects the team’s style to not be "quiet achievers" in 2021.

The team unveiled its new livery on Friday, with petroleum company Ampol stepping up as co-naming rights sponsor in 2021.

Seven-time champion Whincup was on hand for the official unveil, alongside co-driver and Ampol ambassador Craig Lowndes.

The team hasn't won a drivers' championship since Whincup's 2017 breakthrough, with Scott McLaughlin and DJR Team Penske dominating between 2018 and 2020.

The Holden squad claimed eight race wins in 2020, and ended the season with the biggest of them all, a Bathurst 1000 victory for Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander.

Ahead of what bodes to be one of the most competitive seasons in history, Whincup said the new colour scheme reflects the team's bid to go all out in 2021.

"It's great to have Ampol deepen their commitment to the team to become co-naming rights partner for season 2021 and beyond," Whincup said.

"They’re an iconic Australian fuel and convenience company that are driven by high-performance, which aligns to our team values.

"We're proud to partner with them as they revitalise the Ampol brand.

“I think the car looks fantastic too. It's pretty out there and there's quite a bit going on, but we're not trying to be the quiet achievers and I think the car suits our style."

Ampol is the longest standing partner of Triple Eight, having first joined the team in 2005.

The company joins energy drinks giant Red Bull, which entered into Supercars with Triple Eight in 2013, as co-naming rights partner.

Van Gisbergen was excited to see Ampol step up its support of the team as it looks to end its four-year wait for a championship.

"I really like the look of our cars this year... they're really cool," the Kiwi said.

"We obviously finished the 2020 season on a high with a Bathurst 1000 win, so I’m looking forward to the 2021 season kicking off and having Ampol along for the ride."

"Ampol is focused on delivering world-class fuels that support better journeys for all Australians," Ampol's Executive General Manager – Retail, Brand and Culture, Joanne Taylor said.

"To see the Ampol brand return to Supercars as co-naming rights partner of Red Bull Ampol Racing is a great alignment of the performance our fuel delivers.

"We look forward to further building our partnership with the team and see Jamie and Shane take to the track under the new Red Bull Ampol Racing banner in 2021."

The new Red Bull Ampol livery will make its competitive debut at next month's Repco Mt Panorama 500. Tickets are on sale now.

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