Holden has announced that it will shift its iconic ‘Holden Racing Team’ support from Walkinshaw Racing to Triple Eight Race Engineering as part of a three-year extension to remain in the Australian Supercars Championship.
The news means that the current Holden Racing Team, run by Walkinshaw Racing since 1990, will lose its status as the grid’s official factory team.
Two of Triple Eight’s three entries will be run under the Red Bull Holden Racing Team entity next year, while the team will also be tasked with developing a Supercars version of the next-generation Commodore to debut in 2018 when the series’ new Gen2 technical regulations come into effect.
“It’s a great move for Holden that reinforces with our fans and our customers our commitment to motorsport and especially our long term future in this country,” said Mark Bernhard, Holden’s Chairman and Managing Director.
The announcement comes as a major blow to Walkinshaw Racing which, despite being the most successful outfit in Australian touring car history, hasn’t claimed a Drivers’ Championship title since 2002. By contrast, Triple Eight has won six of the last eight titles.
“I’d also like to thank and pay homage to Walkinshaw Racing with whom we have shared a proud history over many years,” Bernhard added.
“We’ll also continue to help Walkinshaw wherever we can. We support every Holden team in pit lane through various avenues such as marketing support, technical support, sponsorship acquisition, even down to helping design certain race liveries. We’ll continue that with Walkinshaw and I wish them all the best. Our relationship with Walkinshaw remains strong and we are working closely on future road vehicle initiatives as part of our ongoing HSV relationship.”
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