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.
PD (or Mr Dumbrell, should we say?) joined the Triple Eight ranks in 2012 and has certainly left his mark as a co-driver, helping J-Dub and the Car #1 crew towards a Bathurst victory in 2012 and one of the most epic Sandown 500 wins in recent history last season.
After two years of purely co-driving, The CEO is swapping his office chair and desk for race seat and steering wheel on the regular this season, driving in the Dunlop Series for Eggleston Motorsport. Having made his V8 Supercar debut in 1999, Paul gave up full-time driving at the end of 2011 to take up the position as the CEO of Autobarn, which turned out to be quite a handy decision for us.