Red Bull Racing Australia has launched their V8 Supercars season today with reigning five-time V8 Supercars champion Jamie Whincup, three-time series winner Craig Lowndes and a brand new livery. The drivers are confident that the team is in the best position to retain both the V8 Supercars Drivers and Teams Championships. “Red Bull Racing Australia is fired up to win in 2014. We’re pumped to get back out on track and confident that we’ve got the right team in place to grab this V8 Supercars season by the horns,” Whincup said. Lowndes, who came second in the 2013 V8 Supercars Drivers Championship, said the entire Red Bull Racing Australia team is ready to put the tyres to the circuit. “Our strength is how we work as a team. There is the usual on-track competition between myself and Jamie, but off-track we are genuine teammates,” Lowndes said. Off the back of their 2013 V8 Supercars Championship win, Red Bull Racing Australia was also excited to celebrate the promotion of Mark Dutton, Jamie Whincup’s five-time Championship winning Race Engineer, to Race Team Manager for the 2014 season. Jamie Whincup was joined by his new Race Engineer for the number one Holden Commodore, David Cauchi. David was formerly a Data Engineer for Red Bull Racing Australia, joining the Brisbane-based team back in 2008. Whilst remaining Craig Lowndes’ Race Engineer for the seventh consecutive season, Jeromy Moore was there to join in the unveil and takes on the role of Chief Designer for the team. Both Mark Dutton and Jeromy Moore have been with the team throughout its ten-year history since owner Roland Dane established Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia in 2003. Roland Dane continues as Team Principle and Ludo Lacroix remains in his position as Technical Director. To combat the Australian heat, Triple Eight Race Engineering has introduced new lightweight race suits to assist Whincup and Lowndes to maintain their cool behind the wheel. The new suits, developed in Italy by Alpinestars, weigh just 1kg, compared to last year’s suit weight of 1.5kg thanks to the lightweight, digitally printed logos, as opposed to the heavy embroidery previously used. “In V8 Supercars, the cabin is up to 20 degrees hotter than outside, so at a race like the Clipsal 500 the temperature inside the car can reach mid-50s. These suits will help to give them that edge in hot conditions,” Roland Dane said, Triple Eight Managing Director. Last month, Red Bull announced it would be extending its sponsorship of Triple Eight to the end of 2015. This year marks Red Bull’s second season as the naming rights sponsor of the five-time championship winning team. In January, Caltex Australia also announced it would substantially increase its involvement in Red Bull Racing Australia with added prominence on the 2014 VF Commodores.]]>
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