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2020 Vision: RBHRT livery reveal

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team have ripped the covers off their 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship contender during an exclusive event today at their Brisbane Team HQ.

Red Bull Holden Racing Team is the most successful team in history books and will look to reclaim the top spot in one of the most competitive motorsport categories on the planet and with the modern geometric take on the traditional team colours ensures they’ll be hard to miss on track.

The Queensland squad is expecting the new polished Red Bull Holden ZB Commodores design will turn plenty of heads in 2020. The new livery retains the white and blue theme of the last few years, with a sharp new look featuring geometric shapes in varying shades of blue.

Supercars Champion and team driver Jamie Whincup cast eyes on the sleek new livery moments before the launch and says he can’t wait to get behind the wheel and show off the new look.

“Great to see the car for the first time today, we were lucky enough to see a sneak peek of the livery late last year but to see it in full on the Commodore, it looks fantastic!” commented Whincup.

“We set the bar really high with our Bathurst livery last year so for the teams at Red Bull, Holden and the commercial crew here at Triple Eight to come up with something different, new and fresh they have done a remarkable job and something the fans will be keen to cheer on at the track.

“To be here at HQ on a Sunday with the rain gone, the sun out and in front of the beloved T8M8 fan base, it is only fitting to give these guys an exclusive first look.” finished Whincup.

Alongside title partners Holden and Red Bull, the team will continue to enjoy support from ACDelco, Caltex, GearWrench, HP, IVECO, MTAA Super, National Storage and TW Steel, with the reintroduction of Havoline back onto the cars.

After committing to a further two years of manufacturer support in 2019, which will see Holden’s sponsorship of the team through until at least the end of 2021, GM Holden Australia’s Chairman and Managing Director Kristian Aquilina says he’s looking forward to seeing plenty of Holden fans continuing their support of the factory squad this year.

“We’re excited to see the covers come off the 2020 Red Bull Holden as the team look to reclaim top spot in the Supercars Championship this year.

“The team has done a fantastic job on this year’s livery and we look forward to giving Holden fans plenty to cheer about at racetracks across Australia and New Zealand in 2020.”

Operated by Triple Eight Race Engineering, the Red Bull Holden Racing Team has claimed seven Bathurst 1000 wins, eight drivers’ championships and nine teams’ championships making it the benchmark squad of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship over the last 15 years.

This year marks the eighth alongside Red Bull and fourth as the factory Holden team, having run Holden cars since 2010.

In 2020 the Red Bull Holden Racing Team will run a completely unchanged line-up with 7-time champion Jamie Whincup in the #888 Commodore alongside 3-time champ Craig Lowndes who joins Whincup for the three-round endurance season.

Meanwhile, in the #97 Red Bull Holden, Shane van Gisbergen is looking to add another Supercars Championship title to his name in 2020 as he’s joined by the fellow former champion Garth Tander for the enduros.

The 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship calendar will be contested over 14 events with the category celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Round 1 of the Supercars Championship kicks off on Thursday the 20th of February for the series’ traditional opener – the Superloop Adelaide 500.

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Behind the Scenes: Newcastle 2019

It may be the last behind-the-scenes gallery of the year, but it’s certainly not the least.  Newcastle… we’re not sure if we can put the weekend into words, so we’d rather show you instead.

 

Priorities:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

Wondering if you can squeeze in a quick swim at the beach before the next practice session.

 

For hire:

Available to start work immediately: Hard working mechanics, capable of fast tyre changes, refueling skills, uniform additional cost.

 

Dad joke:

Cheese being outdone by the master.

 

Wheelie lost:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

Finding Jamie’s missing wheel from Phillip Island in the Newcastle harbour.

 

Look busy:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

Team Life Tip #48: always have something in hand (pen, clipboard, wing endplate) when the boss is around.

 

Cocktail:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

The weird combination of a Red Bull frozen slushie in a coffee cup.

 

Left him hangin’:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

Underneath that helmet is Scotty Mac still waiting for his high five from The Captain.

 

Catwalk:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

Someone forget to tell SVG that Victoria’s Secret canceled their show.

 

Done:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 24th 2019

That end of school feeling.

 

Readying for battle:

Coates Hire Newcastle 500 Event 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, NSW. Australia Nov 22nd-24th 2019

2019 has been us against the wets. They gave it their best shot, but we won the Newcastle round.

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Behind the Scenes: Sandown 2019

What a weekend.  What a race.  What the weather?  Sandown or Sundown, as we have heard it called, pulled out all the stops.  Just when you thought you had seen it all on the track, that is.  But in the garage there was so much more action, reaction and emotion for the team.

 

Decisions:

When you’re all strapped in and nowhere to go.

 

My turn:

Giving up the battle of who rides shotgun.

 

Evacuate:

Thrown out faster than an underage drinker in Kings Cross.

 

Commitments:

When reality hits that you have to go back to the Fox Cube next round.

 

Waiting for a mate:

Or waiting for the moment they realise that Uber can’t access pit lane.

 

Ouch:

CL has managed to make simultaneously falling off the stage and biting his tongue look effortlessly smooth. True Lowndesy style.

 

Prankster:

Covering the underside of Garth’s HANS device was funny until SVG realised he’d got his own instead. 🤦‍♂️

 

Sneaky:

Still trying to work out whether J-Dub has subbed in a cardboard cutout again.

 

#1 Fan:

The bromance is alive and well. So, so well…

 

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Behind the Scenes: Gold Coast 2019

Every round there seems to be some snaps that make the cut and there are just so many to choose from.  We know you love watching the on-track action but in all honesty it’s the behind the scenes that make the race weekend!

 

Nerves:

Team radio in the ears but the Rugby World Cup on the screens.

 

Here comes the sun:

The problems GT faces in the Sunshine State when you live in the south.

 

Fireman Sam:

The moment Lowndesy learnt that alcohol makes the fire bigger.

 

Hide and Seek:

No bro, you don’t blend in.

 

Concrete canyon:

If your wing mirrors are still on you weren’t trying hard enough.

 

Memo from the Mayor:

Thank you, Mr Tate, for the inspiration for next year’s Gold Coast 600 livery.

 

In time:

Everybody now – slide to the left!

 

Run!

Because Shippy is obviously very terrifying.

 

Surf’s up:

Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Event 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia 25th-27th Oct 2019

As the thongs-or-jandals debate rages on, it’s clear these two simply don’t give a damn.

 

GC600 hero:

Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Event 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Gold Coast, Queensland. Australia 25th-27th Oct 2019

You guys all voted for Podium Dude as drive of the day, right?

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Behind the Scenes: Bathurst 2019

From the outside it’s a spectacle.  The biggest event on the Supercars calendar – The Great Race.  But from our point of view it’s often just a tad bit different.  So… This. Is. Bathurst. Red Bull Holden Racing Team style.

 

Daytime TV:

Moments away from a punch-up over the remote. The Living Room or Days of our Lives reruns?

 

Mirror image:

It’s ‘HEAD, shoulders, knees and toes’, not ears. Done on a technicality, J-Dub.

 

Connection:

The ritual of communicating with the mountain.

 

Playing games:

Mannequin challenge or straight freeze because you’ve just heard the boss’s voice behind you?

 

Pics or it didn’t happen:

The ‘Gram waits for no one.

 

Happy snaps:

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Event 12 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Bathurst, New South Wales. Australia 10th-13th Oct 2019

What the fans and social media sees.

 

The reality:  

When your co-driver is taking his sweet time.

 

The grumpy man-child:

But it was my turn!

 

Back up:

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Event 12 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Bathurst, New South Wales. Australia 10th-13th Oct 2019

Stand down, crew. We’ve still got 47 seconds until #97 reaches pit lane.

 

Space program:

If all else fails… NASA is now accepting applications.

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Bathurst Livery celebrates Holden

The Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodores will take on the Bathurst 1000 bedecked in a special edition, retro-inspired livery, revealed today at the team’s pre-endurance test.

 

 

Drawing inspiration from Peter Brock and Colin Bond’s 1971 Sandown 250 and Bathurst 500 Holden Toranas, the striking red and white livery celebrates Holden’s 50th anniversary of factory involvement in motorsport.

GM Design Australia Exterior Manager, Peter Hughes created a design to capture Holden’s celebrated motorsport history and evoke a strong link to the past.

“We tried many variations, but the 1971 HDT livery ended up being the perfect inspiration because of its unique historical appearance,” he said.

“The horizontal heritage stripes over the roof, for example, are unmistakable and should make a statement over the top of the mountain, just as they did back in 1971.

“It’s a great way for everyone to celebrate a wonderful history of factory Holden Bathurst entries and the heroic drivers, both past and present, that race them,” Hughes said.

 And the milestones keep coming as this year will also mark 10 years since Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes last drove together in an endurance race.

“Craig and I are obviously looking forward to racing together again and it’s a great that we will be doing it with such an iconic livery on our car,” Whincup said.

“Being the factory Holden team is something that Triple Eight is really proud of, so it’s pretty special to be marking their 50th anniversary in this way.  Holden has had a lot of success at Mount Panorama and we’re very lucky to say we’ve played a small part in that.  Lowndesy and I will certainly be trying to add to that next week.”

Having claimed a hat-trick between 2006-08, the pair are ready to battle it out for the top spot on the mountain.

“Jamie and I individually have a lot of experience at Bathurst, but we also have a great history racing together,” Lowndes said.

“To be teaming up with him again in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of Holden’s involvement in motorsport will be something we will remember for years to come.”

Having conquered the mountain for the seventh time last year, the spotlight will be on Lowndes as he attempts to edge closer to the great Peter Brock’s record of nine Bathurst wins.

“Preparation is always key at Bathurst,” Lowndes said.

“Mechanically, last year was tough in the build-up to the race with all the power steering issues.  Come race day we had pace and a good strategy which meant we were able to be there in the end to fight for the win.  You never know what’s going to happen at Bathurst!”

On the #97 side of the Red Bull Holden garage, Shane van Gisbergen will be trying to maximise the experience of his new co-driver, three-time Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander, as he hunts down his first win at the mountain in a supercar.

 “Garth has settled into the team really well.  He’s been coming to test days, ride days and spent quite a lot of time at the workshop, as well as doing plenty of racing in other cars, so we’re both looking forward to getting on track at Bathurst,” said the 2016 Supercars champion.

“It’s very cool to have a different livery on the cars for Bathurst.  Hopefully the fans like it as much as we do, and we represent Holden well for their anniversary.”

For fans, the retro-themed team kit is available for pre-order online from midday Monday, September 30 and track side at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team merchandise shop during the Bathurst 1000, 10-13 October.

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Behind the Scenes: Auckland 2019

There has been a lot of talk after the race weekend in Pukekohe so we’re just going to let the all the actions snaps from the garage speak for themselves this time round.

 

Stuck in the mud:

ITM Auckland SuperSprint Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Pukekohe, Auckland. New Zealand. 13th-15th Sep 2019

How many blokes does it take to shift a car?

 

Small spaces:

TM Auckland SuperSprint Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Pukekohe, Auckland. New Zealand. 13th-15th Sep 2019

Can anyone else smell that?

 

Debrief:

Data? Or GQ’s top five facial hair grooming products of 2019?

 

Brave man:

ITM Auckland SuperSprint Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Pukekohe, Auckland. New Zealand. 15th Sep 2019

Judging by the look on RD’s face, whatever Larko said next probably did not end well for him.

 

Competition:

ITM Auckland SuperSprint Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Pukekohe, Auckland. New Zealand. 13th-15th Sep 2019

A staring competition with the camera will only mean you get snapped more.

 

To do list:

Wax on… Wax off.

 

Secret:

ITM Auckland SuperSprint Event 11 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Pukekohe, Auckland. New Zealand. 13th-15th Sep 2019

#givesyouwings even if you’re a Kiwi.

 

Meal Money:

Because you always end up spending more than necessary at the grocery store.

 

Emergency response team:

Practised in the art of putting out JDub’s glovebox fires.

 

Pukekohe:

Actual photo of us trying to stay out of the spotlight post-NZ.

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Behind the Scenes: The Bend 2019

Racing for only the second time at The Bend Motorsport Park proved a little tricky for the bulls but in the end as a team it’s about pulling it together and improving every step of the way.  If these photos could talk you can only imagine what was actually happening behind the scenes at the time.

 

The Bend vibes:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

Are you seeing what I’m seeing, B1?

 

Directions:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

GT just trying to be helpful and point out to Shippy where the track actually is because Shane sure couldn’t find it.

 

Helping hand:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia. 25th August 2019.

Maybe if that extra hand had been on the wheel, SVG might have actually been able to keep it on track… just sayin’.

 

Co-driver play:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

“La la la la la – I can’t hear you!”

 

If looks could kill:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia. 25th August 2019.

The post-qualy death stare – when you know we’re in some serious strife.

 

Sharing:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

When you’re told to you have to share your toys.

 

The glamorous assistant:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

Needless to say, Barney did not get the gig modeling the prizes on the Price is Right.

 

Sand pit:

You know you’ve spent too much time in the dirt when Google starts recognising it as one of your most frequently visited locations.

 

Thoughts:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

The face you make when your race engineer will only listen to your co-driver.

 

Pit crew problems:

OTR SuperSprint The Bend Event 10 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Tailem Bend, South Australia. Australia.23rd-25th August 2019.

Off with their heads!

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Behind the Scenes: Ipswich 2019

Ipswich may be our home track but we didn’t hold our breath on that so-called home town advantage.  This is racing and Supercars and motorsport where anything can and probably will happen.  Just check out the very many looks our crew can make behind the scenes at one race weekend.

 

Drinkware:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.28th July 2019.

When you’ve left your drink bottle in the car.

 

Say that again:

Jamie Whincup races during stop 9 of the Supercars Championship in Ipswich, Queensland. Australia. 26th July 2019.

There’s no avocado left for breakfast?

 

Game time:

Jamie Whincup races during stop 9 of the Supercars Championship in Ipswich, Queensland. Australia. 26th July 2019.

Someone forgot to inflate the lawn bowls before we packed them into the transporter.

 

Naughty corner:

Jamie Whincup races during stop 9 of the Supercars Championship in Ipswich, Queensland. Australia. 26th July 2019.

This sums up why you shouldn’t get on the wrong side of Shippy.

 

That can’t be right:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.26th-28th July 2019.

That face you make when an alarm goes off on the dash and you have literally no idea what it means.

 

Editing skills:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.26th-28th July 2019.

The secret to the blur effect on photos.

 

Apprentices:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.26th-28th July 2019.

Does he even know what a car looks like?

 

Positions everyone:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.26th-28th July 2019.

No, not those ones!

 

Fuel:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.26th-28th July 2019.

For all those non-believers – Red Bull gives us wings!

 

He’s got the look:

Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint Event 9 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Ipswich, Queensland. Australia.28th July 2019.

Think it will be much safer for us if we just mic drop it right there.

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Behind the Scenes: Townsville 2019

Townsville threw everything at us. Like, ev-er-y-thing. But we came out with some trophies, a couple of podiums, a win and a whole lot of entertaining pics.

 

Left me hangin’

Jamie Whincup of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

Must be a Ford fan.

 

Act natural…

Shane van Gisbergen of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

The awkward moment when you realise your drink has your face on it.

 

#Townsvilleshowers

Shane van Gisbergen and Tom Wilson at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

Tom was quite upset about the champagne ruining his hair.

 

What even…

Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

No caption could really do justice to the randomness of this photobomb.

 

Screen saver

Ty Freele and David Cauchi of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

Those cheeky grins suggest there’s something on those screens that is not suitable for public consumption.

 

Serious conversations

Tom Wilson and Jessica Dane of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

Because photos of people working hard are just plain dull.

 

Peace out

Jordan Repetto of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

It’s only the smile on Jordy’s face that’s making this hand gesture okay…

 

Craig “Ca$$hie” Johnstone

Craig Johnstone of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

That would be the boss’s money and a fat bar tab, thanks.

 

Paging Dutto

Mark Dutton of the Red Bull Holden Racing Team at WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

T-minus three minutes until qualifying. Thanks, mate, real helpful time to turn your radio off.

 

Birthday shunt

Kurt Kostecki of Triple Eight Race Engineering at the WATPAC Townsville 400 Event 8 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Townsville, Queensland. Australia. 5th-7th July 2019.

If you’re going to end up in the wall, make sure it’s a podium-induced crash. Oh, and happy 21st birthday, Kurt!