As rumors continue to swirl regarding the Chevrolet Camaro replacing the Holden Commodore in Australia’s Supercars Championship racing series, one team has emerged as the most likely place for the American pony car to get its start in the series, according to Motorsport: Walkinshaw Andretti United (WAU). That’s not only because of the team’s high profile and competitiveness, but also because of part-owner Ryan Walkinshaw’s own Holden Special Vehicles business.
As a matter of fact, WAU is reportedly looking closely at bringing the Chevrolet Camaro into the Supercars Championship series, but will only do so if it has the go-ahead from General Motors itself.
“It’s absolutely critical that we have their support and engagement and permission to do it,” says Ryan Walkinshaw. “You know, at the end of the day we’re not going to do something without their permission, and we’ve got a road car business relationship to maintain with them, so it’s going to be their call as well.”
Walkinshaw went on to say that he has yet to have any formal discussions with GM about racing the Chevrolet Camaro in Supercars, as the team hasn’t yet decided internally that the car is suitable. Motorsport reports that over the Bathurst 1000 weekend, it emerged that WAU had entered a second stage of planning that will involve assessing the car as a viable candidate for contending the Supercars Championship – something that he’ll have to decide with co-owners Michael Andretti and Zak Brown.
With all the work left to be done, “if it was to happen, which is still a big if, we’d probably be looking at 2020 or 2021 because we want to give it the best crack possible,” Walkinshaw says. “We want to run [the Holden Commodore ZB] another year. That’s a discussion we’ll have internally, there’s no drop-dead date at all.”
The Chevrolet Camaro is available in Australia as a Holden Special Vehicles model exclusively, for now selling in a single configuration: the Camaro 2SS coupe with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rumor has it that additional models and configurations could arrive in the not-too-distant future.
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