TIMELINE: Roland Dane in motorsport

Craig Lowndes (left) and Roland Dane (right) at Sandown in 2019

The key events in the motorsport career of Roland Dane.

1979 Debut in team management, in Rallye Monte-Carlo
1996 Forms Triple Eight Racing with Derek Warwick and Ian Harrison
1997 Triple Eight Racing debuts in the British Touring Car Championship, as factory Vauxhall team
1997 Triple Eight debuts at Bathurst in Super Tourers, fielding Peter Brock in one of his arguably four ‘last’ Bathurst 1000s
1998 First BTCC race win, courtesy of John Cleland at Donington
1998 Second Bathurst 1000 start in Super Tourers, with one of its two Vectras driven by Greg Murphy and Russell Ingall
2001 First British Touring Car Championships, the start of a four-year streak in the drivers’ and a run of eight manufacturers’ titles in nine years
2003 Dane, Warwick, Harrison, and Peter Butterly form the Australian Triple Eight Race Engineering operation with the purchase of Briggs Motor Sport, effective September 1
2004 Triple Eight Race Engineering begins fielding Cars #88 and #888 (the latter for the first time in Round 1 proper due to restrictions on the Australian Grand Prix’s timing system)
2005 First (V8) Supercars race win, courtesy of Craig Lowndes at Sydney Motorsport Park (then known as Eastern Creek)
2005 Lowndes/Yvan Muller win Sandown 500
2005 First Bathurst 1000 pole, courtesy of Lowndes, who goes on to glance wall at The Cutting while leading; Car #888 does finish, but without a windscreen after striking future shareholder Paul Dumbrell’s errant wheel while already laps down
2006 First Bathurst 1000 win, courtesy of Lowndes and Jamie Whincup
2008 Lowndes/Whincup win Bathurst 1000 for third year in succession
2008 First (V8) Supercars Championships, the start of a run of six drivers’ titles (all Whincup) in seven years and eight teams’ titles in nine years
2009 Announces switch from Ford to Holden for following season, after losing factory support from the Blue Oval
2010 One-two in very first race running Commodores, at Yas Marina
2010 One-two in Bathurst 1000, with Lowndes/Mark Skaife prevailing over Whincup/Steve Owen in a form finish
2012 Fifth Bathurst 1000 win, courtesy of Whincup/Dumbrell
2013 Fields wildcard entry, driven by Mattias Ekstrom/Andy Priaulx, which comes close to pulling off a huge Bathurst 1000 upset; Car #1 finishes second after Whincup’s brave but unsuccessful attempt to pass Mark Winterbottom on final lap
2014 Appoints Mark Dutton Team Manager but retains Team Principal role that he stepped into after Adrian Burgess chose to leave for Walkinshaw Racing
2014 Fields Whincup to fourth consecutive drivers’ championship and sixth in total, both records (the latter of which Whincup would extend in 2017)
2015 Announces expansion to three full-time Supercars entries with signing of Shane van Gisbergen, effective 2016
2015 Paul Dumbrell, Tim Miles, and Trinette Schipkie buy into team as part of Dane’s succession planning
2016 Holden switches factory status from Walkinshaw to Triple Eight, effective 2017
2016 Appeal against Whincup’s penalty in that year’s Bathurst 1000 dismissed; then-Supercars CEO James Warburton moves to make peace after labelling the appeal ‘un-Australian’
2016 Van Gisbergen wins maiden championship in first season with Triple Eight; Whincup runner-up, Lowndes fourth, and that year’s Bathurst 1000 winner, Will Davison, sixth in a Triple Eight-built Tekno Autosports car
2017 A Maranello Motorsport entry boasting Triple Eight support, and featuring Whincup and Lowndes (along with Toni Vilander) as drivers, wins Bathurst 12 Hour
2017 Triple Eight homologates ZB Commodore for competition debut in following season, although the V6 twin turbo project would be shelved in April 2018 before seeing a race
2018 Fronts televised press conference where Lowndes announces his retirement from full-time competition at season’s end
2018 Triple Eight becomes most prolific Supercars championship race-winning team, bringing up its 181st, at The Bend
2018 One-two-three in Sandown 500, led by Whincup/Dumbrell from van Gisbergen/Earl Bamber and Lowndes/Steven Richards
2018 Whincup buys into Triple Eight in sign of future role managing team when Dane steps back
2018 Triple Eight Racing, which by then has no connection to the Australian operation, closes down, in the year following its last in competition
2019 Enters GT World Challenge Asia for first time, with van Gisbergen driving in selected events
2019 Renews deal with Holden (and Red Bull)
2019 Loses Bathurst 1000 in controversial fashion and later argues that fines are no deterrent to DJR Team Penske after a second serious breach of regulations at Mount Panorama comes to light
2020 Fronts media scrum ahead of talks with General Motors after bombshell news on eve of new season that Holden is dead
2020 Triple Eight takes 200th Supercars Championship race win, in Townsville
2020 Plays key role in bringing Camaro (back) into Supercars when Gen3 takes effect in 2022
2020 Emotional scenes at Bathurst as van Gisbergen/Tander give the Holden Racing Team its last ever win in the Great Race
2021 Announces impending retirement from Team Principal/Managing Director role at Triple Eight Race Engineering, handing over the reins to Whincup and daughter Jessica, while also selling his shareholding down to 11 percent

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