Holden cuts racing ties with Walkinshaw

Holden cuts racing ties with Walkinshaw

Holden has announced a new three-year deal with Triple Eight Race Engineering to form the Red Bull Holden Racing Team from 2017. The decision means a 26-year relationship with Walkinshaw Racing comes to an end.

The new three-year deal will see the Holden racing team run under the Red Bull Holden Racing Team banner from 2017 onwards as it shifts to a ‘single factory team motorsport strategy’.

The decision terminates the relationship between Holden and Walkinshaw Racing, which delivered six driver championships and seven Bathurst 1000 crowns.

Holden also revealed that the next generation Commodore will be on the Supercar grid from 2018. The new factory-backed Red Bull Holden Racing Team will develop, build, race and win with the next generation Commodore Supercar from 2018.

Holden chairman and managing director Mark Bernhard says: “Motorsport has played a significant role in Holden’s heritage and we’re proud to be carrying on that tradition with the new Red Bull Holden Racing Team while reshaping our brand and presence in the market and in motorsport.”

Team owner Ryan Walkinshaw has explained that while change is inevitable he is respectful of the decision and retains a sense of optimism towards the future and Walkinshaw’s relationship with Holden.

“After fielding Holden’s official factory team for 26 years we are naturally disappointed but respect Holden’s decision. We are rightly proud to have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Holden over the years, and have enjoyed many successes together,” notes Walkinshaw.

“While our official motorsport partnership may have ended, our relationship with Holden remains strong and we continue to work closely on future road vehicle initiatives in line with our HSV business.”

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