Team(s): Red Bull Holden Racing Team / Team Vortex
Team Principal: Roland Dane
Chassis: Holden Commodore VF
Drivers’ Championships: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
After dominating the British Touring Car Championship with the Factory backed Vauxhall program winning 12 Championships, Triple Eight Race Engineering co-owners Roland Dane, Ian Harrison, Peter Butterly and Derek Warwick, seeking a greater challenge, decided to expand into V8 Supercars in late-2003.
The Australian arm of Triple Eight Race Engineering has built itself into the dominant force in V8 Supercars (in both the Ford and Holden marques) – not finishing lower than second in the Drivers Championship since 2005.
In its 10th anniversary season in 2013, the team achieved something no other had in over half a century of Australian Touring Car/V8 Supercars Championship racing – a third consecutive 1-2 finish in the championship. Overcoming dramas at the beginning of the 2014 season, drivers Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes fought back to finish 1st and 4th respectively wrapping up the Teams’ Championship for a third consecutive year. After sealing his place among the V8 Supercars greats in 2013 with a record-equalling fifth title and third straight Championship, Whincup went one better in 2014 clinching a record-breaking sixth championship title and equalling the record for most successive championships with four. In 2015 the Queensland-based outfit took the team title for the sixth year in a row, but conceded the driver’s championship, with Lowndes narrowly missing out on his fourth title. Second capped off an amazing season for the V8 Supercar veteran who won a sixth Bathurst 1000 title and became the first driver in ATCC / V8 Supercar history to achieve the 100-win milestone.
In 2016, Triple Eight Race Engineering expanded to a three entries for the first time. New signing Shane van Gisbergen moved across from Triple Eight customer team Tekno Autosports, joining Whincup in the Red Bull Racing Australia (RBRA) garage, while Lowndes ran in the third entry/second garage with the same equipment sporting a Caltex-backed livery. The expansion was a great success for the team winning the teams’ championship, delivering van Gisbergen his first Supercars championship and the Pirtek Enduro Cup, and Whincup becoming only the second driver in the history of Australia’s Supercars championship to reach 100 wins. The team’s consistent and strong form gave them a 1-2-4 finish in the championship, one position shy of sweeping the series.
All three drivers remain for the 2017 season and although they are the reigning champions, no car will run the #1 as van Gisbergen has opted to retain his #97 for the year.