The Walkinshaw Andretti United team’s 2019 season struggles were dealt a further blow with the team announcing the termination of its agreement with naming rights co-sponsor Mega Limited after the fuel company went into receivership.

The team signed a shared naming rights sponsorship deal with Mega Limited – formerly the naming rights sponsor of Richie Stanaway’s entry at Tickford Racing – ahead of the 2019 season, with the team’s two cars piloted by James Courtney and Scott Pye branded as ‘Mobil 1 Mega Racing’.

Following the OTR SuperSprint round at The Bend Motorsport Park it was announced that Mega Limited has entered receivership, prompting the outfit to terminate its partnership.

“Walkinshaw Andretti United advises that it has today terminated its sponsorship agreement with Mega Limited as co-naming rights partner, effective immediately,” a statement from the team reads.

“The decision was made by the team as a result of the appointment of administrators to Mega and receivers and managers over its property; a situation completely out of the team’s control.

“WAU thank Mega for their support to this point in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“Our on-track programme will continue to operate as normal, starting with the Auckland SuperSprint on September 13-15, 2019.

“The team has commenced the process of securing replacement partner(s) for the remainder of the 2019 season, as an exciting opportunity arises for brands to have both local and international exposure through a major branding position on the car(s) at some of the biggest events on the calendar, including the upcoming Bathurst 1000.”

The former factory Holden squad has had a tough 2019 campaign. It has managed just one top-five finish all reason, with the outfit placed seventh in the Teams’ Championship standings. It was recently confirmed that Courtney would not drive for WAU beyond the end of the current season.

Image via Walkinshaw Andretti United

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