Take your pick from our 2020 packages - we look forward to having you on board! The following is a list of drivers who have driven for the team in the Super2 Series, in order of their first appearance. The title came down between Yvan Muller and Jason Plato in the final race. The team made its BTCC debut in 1997 by running the works Vauxhall team left by RML and providing Vectras for 2 time Vauxhall champion John Cleland and team owner Derek Warwick. James Nash was hired to race for the remainder of the season and Triple Eight ran a second car at times during the season driven by Daniel Lloyd (Round 5), Jeff Smith (Round 8) and Sam Tordoff (Round 10). Before the next round at Rockingham, Uniq pulled out sponsorship, as a result a lack of money meant that both Fabrizio Giovanardi and Phil Glew were forced to leave the team. In September 2003, Triple Eight entered the Australian V8 Supercars series purchasing Briggs Motor Sport and renaming it Triple Eight Race Engineering.  However, the series never materialised. Lowndes qualified on the third row of the grid, while Kelly was further back on the fifth row. However the car was never used due to problems making the car competitive. Vodafone replaced Betta Electrical as the title sponsor.  The team did well in their first year, securing several podium positions as well as two pole positions at Brands Hatch and Donington Park, with their experienced driver parings of Joe Osborne & Lee Mowle and Daniel Brown & Steve Tandy. In 2010 the team switched to racing Holden VE Commodores in response to the withdrawal of Ford's support, after signing a three-year deal with Holden. Drivers who only drove for the team on a part-time basis are listed in italics. The season was a disappointment for Triple Eight with changes in sponsors and lack of results, a third at Oulton Park by James Nash was only the real result of the season since Giovanardi's two wins at Thruxton. Entering the championship as MG KX Momentum Racing, with the main sponsor being Tesco through its KX energy drink and Momentum Fuel brands, the car made its debut at Brands Hatch after hardly turning a wheel during its build and development. The pairing of Plato and Tordoff was good enough thought to secure MG's first Manufacturers Championship, beating rivals Honda by ninety-five points. Triple Eight were the only team with manufacturer support. The team's car speed, however, was certainly up with the front-runners for many weekends. The year's highlights included a win for Lowndes and Yvan Muller at the Sandown 500 and a third placing for Ellery and Adam Macrow at the Bathurst 1000. In 2009, Vauxhall Motors ended its support for the BTCC, however the team continued to compete using Vauxhalls until the end of the 2011 season. While the Astra Coupe was able to soak up all the challenges it faced throughout the four years the Astra Sport Hatch faced much harder opposition including the new Honda Integra Type R prepared by Team Halfords (Team Dynamics). Additionally, the team provides technical support to Team Sydney, Team 18 and Matt Stone Racing. While the dominance was missing from the previous seasons there were highlights throughout the season. On the second lap of the final race, Kelly pushed Lowndes on the rear bumper while in the high-speed section between Turns 3 and 4, sending Lowndes into a spin, eventually cleaning out both Lowndes and Todd Kelly (Rick's older brother). Plato's seat at Vauxhall was filled by James Thompson moving up from egg:sport. They also lead development for the expected V6 twin-turbo engine that was to be the replacement to the V8 engine in the future, all without the guidance of former technical director Ludo Lacroix. Lowndes scored four round wins, including sharing victory at the Bathurst 1000 with Whincup.  The sale included a custom-built facility in the Brisbane suburb of Bowen Hills, and a staff of 35 people. Aron Smith finished equal 21st and equal 22nd in the Independents Trophy and outright championship. Engineers in Brisbane worked closely with the Triple Eight staff in the UK to build two new Ford BA Falcons, while the team principals managed to attract substantial financial support from Ford. The 2016 British Touring Car Championship is the first of a new 3-year deal between Triple Eight and MG to race in the BTCC. The changes in regulations meant that the Vauxhall Astra Sport Hatch was replaced by the Vauxhall Vectra. Triple Eight made their debut into Sports car racing during the 2013 British GT season. Triple Eight Race Engineering, (branded as the Red Bull Holden Racing Team) is an Australian motor racing team competing in the Supercars Championship. 2004 would be the final season for the Astra Coupe. However in April 2018, Holden announced it had chosen to halt the development of the turbocharged V6 engine and that it would be sticking with its V8 layout for the time being. Triple Eight finished 1st in the manufacturers and teams award. Jamie Whincup They entered this series to gain experience for expansion into other series in 2011, particularly series which support the BTCC. For the British Touring Car Championship team, see, Teams and drivers contesting the championship, Triple Eight Race Engineering (Australia), Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup Triple Eight Racing team in Holden switch, "Vodafone dumps cricket, motorsport sponsorship", "Red Bull Australia secure naming rights to sponsor Triple Eight Race Engineering Holden V8 Supercars", "Van Gisbergen to join three car Triple Eight in 2016", "Jamie Whincup extends Triple Eight contract", "Triple Eight secures 26th V8 Supercars REC", "Scott Pye confirms switch to Development Series", "Casey Stoner signs one-year deal with Triple Eight", "Paul Dumbrell to contest full Dunlop series", "Triple Eight's COTF production line at full speed", "Schwerkolt confirms Triple Eight customer deal", "Matt Stone Racing ditches Ford for Holden", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Triple_Eight_Race_Engineering&oldid=986134484, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 30 October 2020, at 00:33. 2007 saw the start of a new era for the BTCC as the series adopted the S2000 regulations as used in the World Touring Car Championship. The team has been the only Brisbane based V8 Supercar team since its formation, originally operating out of the former Briggs Motor Sport workshop in Bowen Hills before moving to Banyo in 2009. At the next round in Bahrain, Lowndes stormed back into contention as Kelly encountered problems of his own. Since 2014 Triple Eight has provided technical assistance to Eggleston Motorsport. He then won another race at Brands Hatch, Tom Chilton and Gavin Smith went through the season without a win. Paul Radisich came 19th in the championship, while Max Wilson finished a lowly 28th. From the 2012 season, Triple Eight began to build and race MG6 GT cars on behalf of MG, in a revival of the marque in the BTCC. Some days later, Lowndes was awarded the prized Barry Sheene Medal, which was some consolation. Matt Neal finished 5th with one win and Tom Onslow-Cole finished 6th with two wins. The team's original focus was to design, build and race Vauxhalls on behalf of the General Motors brand in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). In 2009, following Ford's decision to withdraw support from all teams other than Ford Performance Racing and Stone Brothers Racing, the Ford logos on the front of the cars were replaced by a stylised pink pigs head, referring to the Hog's Breath Cafe, one of the team sponsors. Can’t be our mate all year round? , In the 2013 season, the new Car of the Future specification cars were introduced with Triple Eight racing the new Holden VF Commodore. Triple Eight finished 8th in the teams' and manufacturers' (as Vauxhall) championships. Matt Neal returned to the BTCC after a year in the ETCC.  The team is now under separate ownership and is no longer directly linked to its British progenitor, although Ian Harrison remains a minority shareholder..
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