VASC: Holden Renews Supercars Backing; Teams With Triple Eight For 2017 & Beyond

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PORT MELBOURNE, Australia — Holden confirmed its ongoing commitment to Supercars and motorsport in Australia on Tuesday, announcing a three-year partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering to re-brand the operation as the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, beginning with the 2017 season.

The legenday marque also announced that their next-generation Commodore will take to the Supercar grid starting with the 2018 season.

The new factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team will develop, build and race the next-generation Commodore beginning at that point, and the team will also be the only factory-backed team under the Holden nameplate going forward, as part of Holden’s ongoing brand and business evolution.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mark Bernhard is both thrilled to confirm Holden’s ongoing commitment to Australian motorsport and Supercars and proud to be partnering with Red Bull and Triple Eight Race Engineering.

“Motorsport has played a significant role in Holden’s heritage and we’re proud to be carrying on that tradition with the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team, while reshaping our brand and presence in the market and in motorsport,” Bernhard said. “We’re taking our company forward, but I’d also like to thank and pay homage to Walkinshaw Racing, with whom we have shared a proud history over many years.”

“We’ll continue to help Walkinshaw wherever we can. We support every Holden team in pit lane through various avenues such as marketing support, technical support, sponsorship acquisition, and even down to helping design certain race liveries. We’ll continue that with Walkinshaw and I wish them all the best. Our relationship with Walkinshaw remains strong and we are working closely on future road vehicle initiatives as part of our ongoing HSV relationship.”

Since their inception in 2003, Triple Eight Race Engineering (competing currently as Red Bull Racing Australia) has won six Driver’s Championships with Jamie Whincup, seven Team’s Championships, 93 pole positions and 144 Supercars races to-date, including six Bathurst 1000s.

That winning legacy will look to continue in 2017 as the team transitions to its new nameplate and iteration.

“Fans around the country will see the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team on the grid from next year but I’m especially excited about our next-generation Commodore hitting the racetrack in 2018. Australia can rest assured that our next-gen Commodore will live up to the iconic nameplate, on and off the track.

“Triple Eight is the most successful team of the modern era, they are simply the best at what they do. We’re very proud to continue our partnership with them.”

CREDIT: GM Holden Ltd.

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