It has been 26 years since Holden Racing Team came to light with the support of Holden itself. Since then, HRT has become a force to be reckoned with and has let to a triforce of motorsports and performance through Walkinshaw Racing’s Holden Special Vehicles.
But, the buck stops here.
Holden announced it has officially dumped HRT of any factory backing in V8 Supercars and has proclaimed it will instead back Triple Eight Race Engineering. In the process, Holden confirmed the next-generation Commodore will see the starting grid as well, beginning in 2018. Holden’s single factory backed team will go by the name of Red Bull Holden Racing.
“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. We’re taking our company forward,” Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard, stated.
As for HRT and Walkinshaw, Bernhard said Holden will do whatever it can to support the racing team at the track. Anything other than financial assistance, that is. HSV will remain unaffected by the latest announcement, however.
“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.”