- WAU commits to working Ford Mustangs in Gen3 period of Supercars
- Partnership with Holden was shaped in 1990, spawned six championships
- Other producers had been considered
Walkinshaw Andretti United, most likely the finest-recognised Holden team in Supercars, will defect to Ford up coming 12 months in a significant coup for the Blue Oval.
The shock announcement was produced today following a week of speculation above whether the previous Holden manufacturing unit workforce was switching more than to the blue side, breaking a 30-in addition year custom.
Walkinshaw – established by Tom Walkinshaw and now run by his son Ryan – has been Staff Crimson considering the fact that 1990 when it took about Holden’s factory functions for the Australian Touring Motor vehicle Championship, with Tom Walkinshaw Racing becoming the formal Holden Racing Group.
6 ATCC/Supercars drivers’ titles, 5 crew championships and eight Bathurst 1000 victories afterwards, Walkinshaw will run Fords for the initially time in Australia – a shift triggered by its factory Holden workforce position currently being dropped in 2016, adopted by the manufacturer’s closure in 2020.
Walkinshaw Andretti United crew entrepreneurs Ryan Walkinshaw (ideal) and Michael Andretti (remaining) with a Mustang GT4
The team’s defection to Ford arrives at a pivotal time in the activity, with the Gen3 Supercar making its debut up coming 12 months, which will see Ford’s Mustang fight Chevrolet’s Camaro for on-observe supremacy.
Walkinshaw was notably absent from last year’s Gen3 expose at the Bathurst 1000, whilst it truly is recognized talks among the crew and Ford hadn’t yet begun at that phase.
It was rumoured Walkinshaw experienced been conversing with a range of companies, these as BMW or even Jaguar, to enter the sequence – the latter of which could have reunited the group with the company it took 1st and 3rd on the Bathurst podium with in 1985. On the other hand, today’s announcement all but confirms Supercars will continue being as a two-make collection in the close to future, as it had been during the team’s most dominant period of time from 1993 to 2012.
“Today marks a new era for Walkinshaw Andretti United, one particular we are really energized about,” stated workforce director, Ryan Walkinshaw.
“For around 3 many years we have long gone head-to-head in level of competition with Ford, but becoming a member of forces with them for Gen3 was the clear way ahead.
“We are very happy of our historical past with Holden in excess of this kind of a extended interval of time, that is some thing we will generally be grateful for. We will dress in the Holden badge with delight correct up until finally the ultimate race in Supercars at the end of 2022. But now it is time for modify, it is time for a new chapter.
“To have maker assist after yet again is necessary for our race workforce and the goals we have, and we thank Ford for its have confidence in in us. For now, our shorter-expression aim continues to be on 2022, continuing what we have started out, and finishing our current chapter on a high.”
The Gen3 Supercars Ford Mustang which WAU will compete in up coming year
Ford Australia CEO and President Andrew Birkic reported WAU would be welcomed with open arms, in spite of earlier rivalries in between Staff Purple and the Blue Oval.
“We’re in this article to acquire. We’re seeking to operate with the best organisations, and the finest persons to get the Blue Oval to the entrance of the pack, to put on the finest demonstrate for our fans,” stated Birkic.
“In Walkinshaw Andretti United we see an organisation with the exact same main values and beliefs, a passion for the sport and that actual drive to acquire. We’re excited to welcome our previous rivals into the family, and glimpse ahead to a lot of decades of accomplishment in conjunction with WAU.”
WAU and Chaz Mostert are the reigning Bathurst 1000 champions, winning final year’s Terrific Race with Lee Holdsworth
Two-time Bathurst 1000 champion Chaz Mostert and 2011 Bathurst winner Nick Percat will remain as the team’s drivers, signalling a homecoming for Mostert – who raced for Ford involving 2013 and 2019 – though marking the 1st time Percat has raced for a manufacturer other than Holden.
“I’ve had a extensive and effective partnership with Ford in the previous, so it is really interesting to be re-joining the Blue Oval in 2023 and beyond,” claimed Mostert.
“It will be a little bit of a homecoming to action again into a Mustang that is for positive. Before that however, we have received a work to do in 2022, so that is what I’m targeted on.”
“I’m definitely fired up about Gen3 and our partnership with Ford,” said Percat.
“Of training course, it will be different to see the Ford badge on the entrance of our cars and trucks, but it will be great to have company assistance. With Holden finishing up in Supercars at the conclusion of this calendar year, we will be accomplishing anything possible to finish on a substantial, just before we flip our attention to the upcoming chapter.”
Future year’s Supercars grid will aspect at minimum 11 Mustangs, with Dick Johnson Racing (two), Tickford Racing (four), Grove Racing (two) and Blanchard Racing Workforce (one) all continuing to race for Ford.