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Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00

Holden announces multi-year extension with HRT

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The factory Holden team Walkinshaw Racing, including the flagship Holden Racing Team (HRT), will continue to receive manufacturer backing following the signing of a new multi-year deal.

The partnership extension means that HRT will continue as Holden's official factory racing team and follows a similar deal for backing with the Triple Eight team.

The new deal is likely to take the team and manufacturer arrangement to the end of Holden's domestic production in 2017. 

HRT will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2015. Since its foundation in 1990, the team has secured six drivers' championships, including a record five straight (1998-2002), seven Bathurst 1000 victories, and more than 200 all-time race wins.

"2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Holden and its official factory racing team," said GM Holden Motorsport and Sponsorship Manager Simon McNamara.

"Motorsport is part of Holden's DNA, having raced its products in Australia and overseas with great success for more than 45 years.

"We're incredibly proud of the Holden Racing Team – and the success we've built together in this sport. We're certainly looking forward to working hard together over the next few years for more race wins and championships."

Holden Racing Team owner Ryan Walkinshaw said a new contract with Holden reflected the partnership established by his late father, Tom.

"My Dad started the Holden Racing Team 24 years ago and our family is hugely passionate about HRT, so we are fortunate to have a new, multi-year contract with Holden," Walkinshaw said.

"Our new deal gives us the opportunity as a team to celebrate our 25th anniversary with our loyal partners and fans, which is exciting.

"Our relationship with Holden extends further than just the race team, and Holden has been a great supporter of my father and our family.

"Hopefully we can repay Holden's faith with more race wins and championships."

HRT Managing Director Adrian Burgess paid testament to the strength of the partnership ahead of its milestone year.

"The Holden Racing team was established by Tom Walkinshaw in 1990, and the family is proud to continue its association into its 25th year and beyond," Burgess said.

"We've had many great successes over the years, including six drivers' and team championships and over 200 race wins.

"Garth and James have taken victories at the last two rounds in Townsville and Ipswich, which shows the strength of our collaboration with Holden.

"We can now knuckle down and concentrate on the all-important endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast."

HRT's drivers Garth Tander and James Courtney both have long-term contracts with the team and have won races at the last two events of the 2014 season.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3656

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3642

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3175

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3117

 5

 David Reynolds

2918

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2669

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

2450

 8

 Scott Pye

2410

 9

 Rick Kelly

2377

 10

 Nick Percat

2221

 Full points table