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Whincup signs with Triple Eight until 2018

05 Feb 2015
Team announces champ's contract extension and reveals Red Bull livery for 2015.
3 mins by James Pavey
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As Jamie Whincup enters his 10th year with Triple Eight Race Engineering, Red Bull Racing Australia has today announcedthe record-breaking six-time championship winner will stay with the team until at least 2018.

The team has announced the31-year old's contract extension with the reveal of the 2015 Red Bull Holden Commodore liveries for both Whincup and Craig Lowndes, and the news of additional commercial sponsors joining the teamfrom this season.

Whincup, of course, was excited to confirmhe was remaining with the team for years to come.

"The decision firstly came from the strength of the V8 Supercars category," he said.

"I think there are some exciting times ahead, especially coming into the phase with the new television deal and later the new generation cars. I can see a really strong future for the series.

"Secondly, I'm honoured that Triple Eight, the best team, wants to retain my services, which I try very hard to maintain, to showcase their engineering.

"A one year contract seemed like a bit of a waste of time with the changes coming in 2017, so the decision was to renew for three years so that I'll have at least two years with Triple Eight in the new generation cars."

Team owner Roland Dane is looking forward to continuing the relationship that has proved to be near unstoppable over the last seven years: "We're extremely happy that Jamie is staying with Triple Eight for the foreseeable future.

"Though he has nothing to prove with us, he continues to push the boundaries with the utmost professionalism, which is exactly the mentality and approach of Triple Eight.

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"Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to sitting down with Craig very soon to discuss 2016 and beyond with him."

The team continues to focus on setting the standard in V8 Supercars,and welcomes two new team partnersfor 2015 inO'Brien Glass, and Midas Australia onto the 2015 Red Bull Holdens on two-year contracts, with options to extend.

O'Brien Glass, Australia's largest vehicle glass replacement company, will adorn the lower part of the front screen, while Midas Australia, as well as appearing on the rear bars of the Commodores, will also feature prominently across the Red Bull Racing Australia pit bays at events, reflecting their expertise in auto services.

Casio Edifice, which first appeared on the wing mirrors at the 2014 Sydney 500, has also increased involvement this year.

"This year we're welcoming O'Brien , Midas and Casio Edifice onto the car, which is great for the team and for the sport, so we're really looking forward to showing them what Red Bull Racing Australia is all about," Lowndessaid.

"We've got a great season ahead and I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it with my new engineer in Grant McPherson.

"It's a fresh start and also a very exciting start. We're going to have to work very closely and quickly together so he's got confidence in me, I've got confidence in him and then we can hit the ground running."

The Red Bull racers willsteer their Holden Commodores for the first time this year at the weekend's sydney.com SuperTest at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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