Triple Eight Race Engineering have revealed their endurance line-up as well as displaying the new livery with which their Holden Commodores will compete this year, with Jamie Whincup reclaiming the No.1.
The team will again be backed by telecommunications company Vodafone, with Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup pairing up for the seventh consecutive season.
“V8 Supercars announced some fantastic developments for the sport last year, I think it’s a great thing we are starting a little later and I’m glad the first event has returned to Australia, as it’s great to kick things off on home soil,” said Whincup.
“In saying that, I’m looking forward to heading back to Abu Dhabi for the Formula 1 race; it’s definitely going to be one of my highlights of the season.”
The team has also revealed a revamped endurance line-up, with former Ford Performance Racing driver Paul Dumbrell and Lucas Dumbrell Racing’s Warren Luff joining Lowndes and Whincup at the two rounds at Sandown and Bathurst.
Last year, Mark Skaife drove with Lowndes in the No.888 Holden Commodore, but has had to step down from driving duties due to his conflicting role as Chairman of the V8 Supercar Commission.
The team has also confirmed its driver line-up at the international driver round at Surfers Paradise, with Sébastian Bourdais returning for a second year with the team.
Andy Priaulx, who drove for the team for the last two years, will be unable to take part due to clashing commitments for BMW in the DTM, and will be replaced by Richard Lyons, who has been a part of Triple Eight’s endurance line-up in the past and was a last minute stand-in for Will Power at FPR last year, going on to win one of the event’s races with Mark Winterbottom.