‘Red Bull Ampol Racing’ will be the new moniker of the former ‘Red Bull Holden Racing Team’ following the announcement earlier in the year that the Holden name will be retired.
A revised livery will come as a result of the name change with Ampol branded to feature heavily in replacement of the Holden branding.
Previously known as Caltex Australia, Ampol has been associated with Triple Eight Race Engineering since 2005 and is the outfit’s longest-lasting sponsor.
The Ampol name only returned to Australia this year when US parent company Chevron terminated the licensing agreement which allowed for the Caltex name.
Ampol will become the team’s co-title sponsor with Red Bull continuing its relationship with the team that extends back to 2013.
The ‘Red Bull Ampol Racing’ title will be with the team until the end of the 2022 season. It means the name and branding will form part of the team when they shift to the Gen3 Camaro.
“The entire team at Triple Eight are thrilled to welcome Ampol as co-title sponsor for the next two years, joining Red Bull to bring Red Bull Ampol Racing to the Supercars grid in 2021,” said team owner Roland Dane.
“Our relationship with Ampol began back in 2005, and they’ve been exceptional partners of our team, sharing eight Bathurst 1000 wins, eight drivers’ Championship wins, and nine Teams’ Championship wins over this period.
“It’s not Ampol’s first time as a naming rights partner with us, having run TeamVortex in 2016 and 2017, and we’ve much enjoyed their passion for motorsport every step of the way.
“The relationship between Ampol and Red Bull is already well established, and we’re very fortunate to have been able to play a part in their mutual success over the years, which will hopefully only go from strength to strength with Red Bull Ampol Racing.
“We’re looking forward to showing the fans the brand new look early next year.”
Red Bull Racing became the Holden factory team in 2017, taking over from the what was the Holden Racing Team. However, the team lost that support when General Motors decided to cease Holden’s operations at the end of the current year.
“We are excited to continue our nine-year partnership with Triple Eight and welcome Ampol to the team with great anticipation for what will be a strong 2021 season,” said Red Bull Managing Director Miles Wilson.
“Our partnership with Ampol on and off the track over the years has always focused on driving value for our brand and consumers; this is another great example of that partnership.
“We are thrilled to continue this relationship as co-title partners at Red Bull Ampol Racing.”
Shane van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup will be the drivers of the team’s two ZB Commodores next season, continuing their six-year stint as teammates.