Team owner Charlie Schwerkolt will split from Walkinshaw Racing at the end of the current V8 Supercars Championship season as the latter, a factory Holden squad, elects to trim from four to two cars for 2016.
It is expected that Schwerkolt will take his driver Lee Holdsworth and form an independent one-car team, running an ex-Triple Eight Engineering Holden.
It will mark the first time that Schwerkolt will go it alone, having had previous stints fielding entries with Dick Johnson Racing until 2012, followed by satellite partnerships with Ford Performance Racing (2013-14) and Walkinshaw Racing this year.
Walkinshaw Racing operated as a four-car team this year, fielding its two Holden Racing Team Commodores alongside Schwerkolt’s #18 entry and the #47 SuperCheap Auto Racing entry owned by Walkinshaw Racing.
The outfit will scale back to its two HRT cars in 2016, having elected to sell its #47 entry to Super Black Racing while also losing its SuperCheap Auto sponsorship to Prodrive Racing where the car parts retailer will have naming rights sponsorship of Chaz Mostert’s #6 Ford Falcon FG X.
Walkinshaw Racing owner Ryan Walkinshaw confirmed the news today.
“Over the course of the year Walkinshaw Racing have been looking at going back to two cars and we’ve had ambitions to put a rejuvenated focus on the Holden Racing Team,” he said.
“We want to put 100 per cent of our resources, time and effort into the red cars and we want to ensure the team gets back to winning championships and winning Bathurst.
“The relationship with Charlie has been fantastic, we’ve had a great season together and we leave on very good terms which is great. We wish Charlie all the best going forward and we will be doing everything we can to assist him with his new venture.”
“It’s been really great to be working with the team for the past year and we are parting on really good terms,” Schwerkolt added.
“Adrian (Burgess, Walkinshaw managing director) is a great mate of mine and Ryan has been fantastic to work with, but I decided it is time to move on.
“Lee will still be driving for me and is really pumped for the 2016 season. At the moment he is obviously focussed on this event and finishing off the year on a high with the team.”
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