Holden has confirmed it has signed “multi-year” extensions of its factory support deals with frontrunning V8 Supercars outfits, Triple 8 Racing Engineering and Walkinshaw Racing.
The news allays concerns that either outfit might jump ship to Nissan for the 2013 season or beyond, in the wake of the Japanese carmaker’s recent announcement that it was returning to the championship, signing on to the four-car Kelly Racing stable.
The announcement means that Walkinshaw Racing’s Holden Racing Team and SuperCheap Auto Racing entries, along with Triple 8’s Team Vodafone outfits, will continue to run Holden Commodores when the new ‘Car Of The Future’ rules come into play in 2013.
The two stables have been the dominant forces in the Australian touring car landscape, winning eleven of the past sixteen championship crowns between them, as well as the last eleven Bathurst 1000 races.
“Motorsport is an important part of Holden’s DNA,” Holden’s sponsorship manager Simon McNamara is quoted as saying in the announcement.
“With the Holden Racing Team and TeamVodafone, we have the two very best teams, four championship-winning drivers, and the finest race engineering capabilities – Holden is better prepared than ever before.”