Having secured three consecutive F1 constructor and driver championships in as many years the time had arrived for Red Bull Racing to execute phase two of its plan for the world-wide domination of all things motorsport. Required was a category of national pastime and international significance. One of thrills and spontaneity. And we found just that in V8 Supercars.
We sought the globe over to find a competition worthy; where raw power, noise, speed and hostilities were not just welcomed but expected. And a location where racing was a way of life - its drivers more Ricky Bobby than Ryan Gosling. With that strict criteria in mind, the European touring car series was ruled out almost immediately and quickly followed by the lesser known New Zealand circuit.
Now, we’re ready to race our brand spanking VF Commodores and bring a new attitude to pit lane. And who knows, even RD might crack a few smiles along the way.
Jamie Whincup stands among the elite – and not just for his incredible ability to clap the National Anthem with his feet. As one of only four men in ATCC/V8 Supercars to have won five championships, he's cemented his name in the history books as one of the greatest drivers of the last decade. Oh, and we mustn't forget to mention those four Bathurst 1000 victories that also grace his resume.
A five-time championship winner comes at a price though. J-Dub is not the kind of guy you could have a friendly game of tiddlywinks with as nine times out of ten he will dominate you. And not because he's any good, but because he's that damn competitive.
But away from epic matches of such high-intensity sports, the Victorian-born driver is as down-to-earth as they come. With hobbies extending from water sports to DJ decks, it's clear that Jamie's not one to sit around twiddling his thumbs. Which is lucky when you've got over a tonne of race car to shift.