Holden has finally confirmed its continued support of the manufacturer-backed Holden Racing Team operation beyond the end of the current V8 Supercars Championship season.
The ‘multi-year’ deal is believed to mirror that of the similar support of the Triple 8 (Red Bull Racing Australia) stable, which confirmed a two-year deal with Holden in line with the manufacturer’s plans to end local production in 2017.
The announcement will ensure that parent owner Tom Walkinshaw Racing continues its association with Holden for over 25 years. The team will celebrate its quarter-century milestone next year.
“My dad [the late Tom Walkinshaw] started the Holden Racing Team 24 years ago and our family is hugely passionate about HRT, so we are fortunate to have a new, multi-year contract with Holden,” TWR director Ryan Walkinshaw said of today’s announcement.
“Our new deal gives us the opportunity as a team to celebrate our 25th anniversary with our loyal partners and fans, which is exciting.
“Hopefully we can repay Holden’s faith with more race wins and championships.”
“Motorsport is part of Holden’s DNA, having raced its products in Australia and overseas with great success for more than 45 years,” Holden motorsport boss Simon McNamara added.
“We’re incredibly proud of the Holden Racing Team — and the success we’ve built together in this sport. We’re certainly looking forward to working hard together over the next few years for more race wins and championships.”
HRT has generally lagged behind its other manufacturer-backed rival – which returned to the top of the championship standings last time out – but has shown steady improvement by claiming race victories in the rounds at Townsville and Queensland Raceway.
The announcement – while positive for the series – still leaves the question of Holden’s long-term involvement in Australian touring car championship racing unanswered. Its plans to remain in local production are contingent on a $500 million cash injection promised by the previous federal government, but which is threatened to be axed by the current conservative ruling party.
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