Walkinshaw Racing has fired Adrian Burgess as its team manager, blaming the Englishman for the Mobil 1 HSV Racing’s poor start to the 2017 Supercars Championship season.
“It has obviously been a difficult start to the year from a racing perspective, and I came to the conclusion that a fresh start was the way forward,” team owner Ryan Walkinshaw said in a media release announcing Burgess’ departure.
“We appreciate Adrian’s focus and hard work over the last three years, and we wish him all the best in the future.”
Burgess, who formerly worked at the McLaren and Jordan Formula 1 teams, emigrated to Australia in 2007 to manage Dick Johnson Racing in 2007 before moving to Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2011.
Poached by Walkinshaw in 2013, he joined the team in 2014. Over three full-time seasons with the Clayton outfit, it has claimed just seven wins, culminating in the loss of its status as Holden’s factory squad at the end of last year.
The 2017 season has been particularly poor, with its drivers James Courtney and Scott Pye languishing in fifteenth and eighteenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings respectively.
Courtney – who worked under Burgess when he won his V8 Supercars Championship crown in 2010 – was particularly critical of the team’s recent performances last time out at the Perth SuperSprint, describing his off-the-pace weekend at Barbagallo Raceway as “embarrassing”.
Burgess’ role will be assumed by Mathew Nilsson in an interim capacity until a permanent replacement can be found. Nilsson currently serves as the team’s Business Development Manager, having had extensive experience across a number of Supercars teams.
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