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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 11:14

New dawn: Walkinshaw Andretti United

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The American influence in Supercars increases in 2018 with Andretti Autosport and United Autosports buying into Walkinshaw Racing to create Walkinshaw Andretti United, a team Ryan Walkinshaw and his new partners will be hoping can follow in the footsteps of DJR Team Penske, as we examine in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #102.

Issue #102 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #102.

Three years after Dick Johnson Racing and Team Penske joined forces, the goal for Walkinshaw Andretti United is to replicate DJR Team Penske’s rise to the front of pitlane.

It’s been a tumultuous 12 months for Walkinshaw Racing. The loss of factory Holden funding and the Holden Racing Team name was the culmination of a slide down the grid that couldn’t be ignored relative to the new official Holden team, Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Ryan Walkinshaw took over his father Tom’s business interests in 2011, including the Holden Special Vehicles and Holden Racing Team in addition to various interests in Europe. But the Holden Racing Team was still reeling from the ownership changes between Tom Walkinshaw and Mark Skaife. Without a drivers’ championship win since Skaife in 2002, the once mighty Holden team was struggling to keep pace with the front-running teams.

The 2017 season shaped as vital as the team rebranded without the Holden Racing Team moniker and launched as Mobil 1 HSV Racing, eager to prove the loss of factory status wouldn’t condemn the team to the midfield. Yet despite a season-opening podium in Adelaide for James Courtney, performances slipped and led to the team splitting with team principal Adrian Burgess mid-season.

Having seen what Team Penske’s impact has had on Dick Johnson Racing, Walkinshaw set about finding new partners who could invest in his team and get it back to the front. Enter Zak Brown and Michael Andretti.

“We’ve looked at what both companies have to offer the team moving forward, which is why everyone should be so excited,” says Walkinshaw.

“This combination of international expertise is a pivotal step in accelerating our development, getting us where we need to be.

“We’ve been looking for partners who can add value to the team both on and off the track, so to be able to find that so resoundingly is the most pleasing element.

“United Autosports and Andretti Autosport’s experience, knowledge and record both on and off the race track, gives us, our current partners and any future partners access to global networks and talent pools.”

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #102 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6
   
   

 

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1. Scott McLaughlin
3872  
2. Shane van Gisbergen
3310 -562
3. Jamie Whincup
3208 -664
4. Fabian Coulthard
3058 -814
5. Chaz Mostert
2879 -993
6. David Reynolds
2694 -1178
7. Cameron Waters
2588 -1284
8. Will Davison
2495 -1377
9. Nick Percat
2445 -1427
10. Lee Holdsworth
2428 -1444

Full championship standings