Dane: I hope this isn’t the high point

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Thursday 10th December, 2009 - 10:45am

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Roland Dane hopes that this period in Triple Eight's history is just the beginning of more success

Roland Dane hopes that this period in Triple Eight's history is just the beginning of more success

Triple Eight Race Engineering boss Roland Dane says that this isn’t the high point in his team’s existence – because he hopes the best is yet to come.

After wrapping up his second-consecutive V8 Supercar Championship Series with Jamie Whincup, Dane told Speedcafe.com.au that with his impending switch from Ford Falcon to Holden Commodore chassis means there’ll be challenges, but he doesn’t want it to rest on his team’s laurels.

“I really hope that this isn’t the high point. I hope we can carry on at an even better level,” he said.

“It’s just a question of continuing what we do. For sure, with Holdens, we want to have at least as much success as what we’ve enjoyed in the last five years, absolutely.”

Three Bathurst 1000 wins and two championships in a four year period would generally lead a team boss to say that his team is in the best shape of it’s life, but Dane’s worldly experience gives him a different view.

“I wouldn’t say so necessarily (that this is the best period for Triple Eight),” he said.

“We’ve had exceptional levels of success in Europe, but in terms of the overall package, in terms of how I feel about the team, how I feel about our commercial side, about our profitability, our perception in the non-immediate motorsport arena, then probably we’re better than we’ve ever been right now.

“I guess it’s easier to do that in Australia than it is in Europe, because the recognition of what we doing in Australia is higher than it is in the equivalent series in Europe. And of that of that is because Bathurst has such a high profile race.”

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