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Hey Bulls fans! Guess who’s named an unchanged driver line-up for 2021?

Here at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, we’re excited to announce that both our championship-winning drivers Jamie ‘JDub’ Whincup and Shane ‘SVG’ van Gisbergen have penned contract extensions to steer our team through to end-2021.

Yes, we’re all just as excited as you are!

For JDub, the passion for racing in the main game and the burning desire to compete for a record eighth drivers’ title was a resounding factor in the 37-year-old’s decision to stay put.

“My addiction for racing, speed and trying to beat my mates to the finish line started when I was seven years old,” Jamie said while reflecting on his decision.

“Any thought of finishing full-time driving this year doesn’t sit well with me.”

Across his coveted career, JDub has notched a staggering 118 wins and 208 podiums over his 496-race tenure, with his last win claimed at the 2019 Newcastle season finale.

“I feel I have plenty to offer this sport from behind the wheel.

“While my full focus is on this year’s championship and delivering results for our teammates, sponsors and Red Bull Holden fan base, it’s great to know that all the fun will continue well into 2021.

“I thank everyone at the Red Bull Holden Racing Team for the trust in me to showcase your amazing work and commitment in 2021.”

For SVG, there was no second guessing where he wanted to call home for the next two seasons. Having joined the team in 2016, the year he claimed his inaugural Drivers’ Championship, SVG expressed his excitement about what the future holds for the team and the category.

“It’s been an awesome few years with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, and honestly there wasn’t much thought put into extending my contract for a few more years,” SVG said.

“I absolutely love this place and all the people in it, and the future looks exciting with the changes that look to be put in place.”

Having made his main game debut in 2007, SVG has claimed 36 race wins and 106 podiums, including 3 Adelaide 500 titles.

“I feel Triple Eight are the right team to help me challenge for the Drivers’ Championship again, and obviously with Jamie extending his contract, we’re hopeful we can reclaim the Teams’ Championship.

“It’s always good to have someone like JDub by your side. We get along well together and he’s still as capable of being the fastest driver on the grid.

“It’s amazing to think that his driving is still at his peak level, so I think it’s a fantastic decision for him to keep competing for a few more years.”

Both JDub and SVG will be looking to kick-start their 2020 title challenge at this weekend’s Adelaide 500. Race 1 of the Supercars Championship kicks off Saturday 22 February.