How the motorsports series built on the rivalry of the Australian car giant with Ford has VERY uncertain times
Is there a future for V8 Supercars without Holden? How the motorsports series built on the rivalry of the Australian car giant with Ford has VERY uncertain times
- Holden will not commit to remain in the Supercars Championship after 2020
- Seven teams will race this year against Holden commodores in the championships
- Holden, Supercars and Triple Eight are expected to talk urgently this week
Holden refused to commit to remain in the Supercars Championship after 2020 after parent company General Motors announced it would abolish the car brand.
GM’s decision to demolish the brand in Australia and New Zealand next year dropped a bomb on Supercars officials and teams just days after the opening of the Adelaide 500 season.
Although Holden said it would honor its commitment to the championship this year, it was less certain about its presence in Australian motorsport in the future.
Holden refused to remain in the Supercars Championship after 2020, after it was recently announced that the car brand would retire
That is despite the partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering through the Red Bull Holden Racing Team that will run until the end of the 2021 championship.
Seven other Supercars teams will also race against Holden Commodores in 2020.
Expected discussions between Holden, Supercars and Triple Eight are expected to take place in the coming days.
“It is still our intention to start racing in 2020, while we still have Holden vehicles in dealer showrooms,” said interim chairman and general manager Kristian Aquilina van Holden.
“As far as GM is concerned and its involvement in racing outside, it will be part of the same conversation.”
Holden has been part of Australian touring car racing since the 1960s, with iconic names such as Peter Brock, Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife and Jamie Whincup becoming synonymous with the Red Lion.
“Today’s news is understandably disappointing for fans who have followed Holden’s success in Australian Touring Cars and Supercars since the debut in the 1960s,” Supercars said in a statement.
Former factory team Walkinshaw Andretti United, who has been the Holden factory team for 27 years since 1990, expressed their grief about Monday’s news.
“Our team has had a long and successful relationship with Holden in Australia for three decades,” the statement said.
“It’s very sad to see them leave. We are grateful for their support and pride in what we have achieved together, including seven Bathurst 1000 wins and six championships for drivers. “
Holden has ensured that it will deliver on its commitment in 2020, but refuses to commit itself after the year because seven teams are ready to race against Holden commodores in the 2020 championships
AAP has asked the Red Bull Holden Racing Team to comment on Monday’s decision.
Their main rivals DJR Team Penske – a Ford team – marked the news as a sad way to end a rivalry between the two brands.
“Holden was always a fierce rival,” the team wrote on Twitter.
“A great Aussie brand that is coming to an end is sad for our country, regardless of your loyalty. We feel for those affected and look forward to continued strong competition on the circuit. “
The Red Bull drivers – former champions Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen – will be on Tuesday along with the rest of the Supercars field for a test in the Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia.
This causes even more uncertainty because the Holdens partnership with Triple Eight Race Engineering runs through the Red Bull Holden Racing Team until the end of the 2021 championship.