The first ever Triple Eight Race Engineering built Commodore broke cover yesterday with TeamVodafone driver, Jamie Whincup completing a shakedown in the car at Queensland Raceway.
Dual V8 Supercar champion, Whincup carried out a handful of laps in the VE Commodore which was covered in stickers to disguise TeamVodafone's 2010 livery. The public will get the chance to ride in the same car next year when it becomes the team's ride car.
Whincup said it felt good to finally get behind the wheel of the Commodore after the team first made the announcement of their switch to Holden in July.
“The team has been working day and night to get the cars ready in time for the start of the 2010 season and yesterday was a big occasion for us,” Whincup said.
“It was a great feeling to be behind the wheel of the car and I think the fans will appreciate the opportunity to have a sneak peak at the livery which will be campaigned by the team next year."
Team Principal, Roland Dane said the day provided the team with a chance to check over everything before proceeding with their preparations for 2010.
“I was happy to have our first run in the Holden,” Dane said, “The car is the first of eight cars that are currently in production and the day was purely a shakedown and an opportunity to do a systems check while we also handed over Chassis 15 to DJR.”
Whincup wrapped up his second V8 Supercar title earlier in the month. The 2010 V8 Supercar Series gets underway in February.