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The VF Commodore reigns supreme

It may have been Jamie Whincup’s 106th race win, but how about the machine he did it in?

When J-Dub took the chequered flag at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend for his record-breaking victory, Holden’s VF Commodore claimed its 104th championship race win, making it the most successful car to have ever graced Australian touring car racing.

Since its introduction in 2013, the VF has been a winning machine. Triple Eight’s very own Craig Lowndes won the opening race of the Car of the Future at the Clipsal 500 by a record-breaking margin and championship dominance followed.

Craig Lowndes for Red Bull Racing Australia won the 2013 Clipsal 500 opening race

We’re not usually ones for tooting our own horns (unless it’s our trucky Wazzy giving it a blast as he rolls through Cooladdi) but we thought we’d share with you some pretty cool numbers around Triple Eight’s record with the VF:

  • The top three most-winning drivers in the VF Commodore are Triple Eight’s trio of Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen and Craig Lowndes.
  • J-Dub has double the number of wins in the VF as the next bloke – his 42 play SVG’s 21. Lowndesy sits close behind on 16.
  • Paul “The CEO” Dumbrell has the most wins in the VF of any co-driver with four.
  • Of those 104 race wins, Triple Eight have claimed 71 of them, that’s 68%. Next on the list is our mates Tekno with 11.

Shane van Gisbergen of Red Bull Holden Racing Team during the Winton SuperSprint, at the Winton Motor Raceway, Winton, Victoria, May 20, 2017.

  • A whopping 80% of the VF’s victories have been taken by Triple Eight-built cars.
  • The Adelaide streets have been the most successful location for the VF with 13 wins in total, seven of which have been taken by Triple Eight.
  • Next on the list is Symmons Plains where the VF has taken 12 race wins, eight of which have been claimed by Triple Eight.

The days of the VF with Triple Eight are numbered, with the introduction of the Next Gen Commodore just around the corner. One thing’s for sure though – this car will be remembered as a legend.

Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Racing Australia crowned the 2014 V8 Supercars Champion at the Sydney 500 at Sydney Olympic Park December 07, 2014.

Craig Lowndes of Red Bull Racing Australia during the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, at the Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, New South Wales, October 11, 2015.

Shane Van Gisbergen of Red Bull Racing Australia wins the 2016 Supercars Championship during the Coates Hire Sydney 500, at the Homebush Street Circuit, Sydney, New South Wales, December 04, 2016.

Craig Lowndes of Caltex Racing winner of race 1 of the Perth SuperSprint, at the Barbagallo Raceway, Wanneroo, Western Australia, May 07, 2016.