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VIDEO: RBHRT Hit the Track at Phillip Island

New season, new cars and new war paint proved to be full of trials and errors at yesterday’s test at Phillip Island.

Our friends at GearWrench came out to catch up with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team crew and caught all the action. Check it out above!

But the hot topic of the day was our new mate Garth Tander, who made his way onto the track for a feel of his new team’s vibes.

“Well, the original plan was that I wasn’t going to do laps. But any car driver worth their salt will always have their gear in the back of the car,” he laughed.

GT said there weren’t too many issues despite the #97 Commodore not having any ergonomic work done on it yet.

“It was good for me to do a couple of laps and experience that feeling and whether that correlates with me and it did straight away.

“It was good to experience, and I’ll get plenty of opportunities throughout the year to continue experience that.”

Despite sharing a few laughs in pit lane, Tander will put all jokes aside come Bathurst: “Hopefully we will get the last laugh in the last quarter of this year.”

While GT had a blast behind the wheel of Shane’s bull for the first time, we’ll be honest – it wasn’t all smiles in the Red Bull Holden garage.

While the time sheets on test days realistically mean very little (200km old tyres, anyone?) there was no hiding the fact that J-Dub and SVG weren’t stoked with how they ran as the team is in the process of wrapping its head around the handful of regulation changes for the year.

Fear not though, friends! The engineers are already working hard to get those gremlins sorted. The workshop gates have been locked, the Red Bull is on ice and Chef Super Mario is batch cooking for several all-nighters.

With only 13 days left until we hit the track for the first time at the Adelaide 500, that clock is stopping for no one.

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VIDEO: Next-Gen Commodore hits the track

The Next-Gen Commodore supercar has been unleashed.

With its sleek hatchback styling and advanced aerodynamic competition package, Holden’s newest racecar hit the track at the Norwell Motorplex on the Gold Coast yesterday, completing a 60km shakedown.

READ MORE: The Next-Generation Commodore supercar breaks cover

“The team’s been burning the midnight oil behind the scenes for this moment when we finally get to bring the brand new Commodore to the track and test it for the first time,” said J-Dub, the first man to jump behind the wheel.

“So far it feels fantastic. The work that they’ve done behind the scenes to this point, in my opinion we’re 99 per cent there. There’s just some fine-tuning that’s got to go on in the next few weeks and the next few months until we fully unleash the full version in 2018.”

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SVG AND THE ULTIMATE FATHER’S DAY CHALLENGE

As legend has it, Shane van Gisbergen is unbeatable on four wheels until it comes to the infamous dirt track driveway at his family home in Auckland. Here, it’s van Gisbergen Senior, Robert, who has long reigned supreme.

It had been close to a decade since father and son went head to head in a time trial of any description, so what better challenge to lay down than an outright sprint to the flag?

Given Robert’s unbeaten track record, the playing field needed to be levelled. Enter the Red Bull Holden Racing Team V8 supercar – Shane’s regular office, but a completely new beast for his dad.

As the pair took to Norwell Motorplex, it was a case of the son showing the father the ropes, although Shane probably wished he hadn’t been such a thorough teacher once he saw how quickly Robert, an all-round talented racer himself throughout his life, got to grips with the no. 97 Commodore.

Once the lap times were set, it was on to New Zealand and a brand new vehicle for them both in the Holden Barina rally car, a turbocharged, all-wheel drive rocket campaigned in the NZ Rally Championship.

Set in the hills of Auckland on the family’s farm, the track is surrounded by thick lines of fir trees with gateposts, rocks and the occasional horse cropping up throughout. In other words, it is not a place at which even the most talented driver can risk missing a beat.

While both Robert and Shane insisted that driving is all about the fun factor, their competitive streaks shone through as they battled to not only retain their crowns of their own disciplines, but also become masters of the other’s forte and claim the all-important overall win.

Watch the video to find out who came out on top.

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The RBHRT Transporters: How they were made

By now you’ve probably seen the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team transporters. They’re pretty damn impressive, even if we say so ourselves.

Now we can take you behind the scenes to understand how these incredible trailers were built thanks to Graham Lusty and his team.

With a raisable roof allowing for two stories in each trailer, plus a host of other awesome features like a built-in ice bath and iPad-controlled electronics, the project was about making the very best home away from home for the whole Triple Eight team as possible.

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Listen up: The V6 Turbo is here!

You’ve been asking for it and we’ve been… well, we’ve been great, big teases!

But after weeks of anticipation in the wake of the first sneak peek we brought you, we can finally give you guys what you’ve been (not-so-patiently) waiting for – the V6 twin-turbocharged engine at full noise.

As testing continues, Craig Lowndes took the Triple Eight Holden Sandman for a spin around Norwell Motorplex earlier this week to show us what this beast can do, plus Shane van Gisbergen finally got a chance to jump behind the wheel as we ticked over 550km of running.

Although still very much in the development phase, we reckon it’s sounding pretty sweet already. Crank up your speakers, press play and enjoy!

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, TRANSPORTER.

We’ve taken all that we know about race transporters (which is a hell of a lot) and teamed up with the crew at Graham Lusty Trailers to conjure up a truck that is as fancy as Iggy Azalea, as genius as Albert Einstein and, well, basically out of this world.

Check out the exclusive behind the scenes tour below.

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RIDIN’ SHOTGUN

It comes as no accident that Triple Eight Race Engineering, the driving force behind Red Bull Racing Australia (now Red Bull Holden Racing Team) are the most successful team of the modern Supercars era. But how do you manage the situation going into the last round of the 2016 with both of your drivers vying for the championship? Do the mythical and highly talked about ‘team orders’ exist? And how does the most well-known team manager on pit-lane prepare himself for a photoshoot?

Answers to these questions and more can be found in the latest episode of Ridin’ Shotgun with Triple Eight Race Engineering as they prepare to take on the famed Sydney 500 circuit for the final time.

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Championships, Burnouts and the Best Bits of 2016

It started like a bad joke, ‘a Kiwi and a sheep hopped in to a car…’ And ended with a one-two finish and a Kiwi atop the Supercars Championship podium, but what happened behind the scenes in between?

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Cappy, J Dub & Gizzy are back for the GC600!

The boys are back, and they’re comin’ in hot. Real. Hot. to the Gold Coast 600.

Join Cappy, J Dub and Gizzy on their latest adventure to the 2016 GC600 with Red Bull Racing Australia.

Check out the previous character clips here!

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GoPro View || SVG drifts our custom VF Commodore ‘Night Drift’

Check out all the angles regular cameras can’t show you in our exclusive GoPro edit of Project ‘Night Drift’, shot entirely on GoPro cameras.

Check out the action from Project Night Drift here, and watch how the build came to life here.