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.
With four V8 Supercars championships to his name, including the past two, Jamie is about as popular with his rivals as deodorant. Jokes.
But with record back-to-back titles at Ford and now Holden, it’s easy to understand why the Victorian lad has a target painted squarely on his rear spoiler.
With a fierce attitude and relentless in his desire to win, Jamie has a reputation for polarizing supporters and rivals alike, having steered his revered Triple Eight cars to a remarkable 64 wins from 128 starts. And any doubts over his genuine freakish ability were well and truly put to bed in 2012 when he overcame a challenging start to the year to claim the most satisfying championship of his 10-year career. He posted 12 wins that season, including his fourth Bathurst 1000, making Jamie the most dominant driver of the modern era.
In fact, since winning his first title in 2008, the man affectionately known as J-Dub hasn’t finished worst than second in the championship - not too bad an effort from a 30-year-old former printer’s assistant who was dropped by Garry Rogers Motorsport after his first V8 Supercars season in 2003.
In a nutshell, Jamie gets claustrophobic. But in a sentence, Jamie is a remarkable driver with nothing to prove and only records to break.