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    Changes at Walkinshaw Racing

    https://autoaction.com.au/2017/09/20...kinshaw-racing

    CHANGES AT WALKINSHAW RACING

    Zak Brown in ownership talks with Supercars team

    By PHIL BRANAGAN

    ONE OF the biggest names in international motorsport, McLaren Executive Director Zak Brown, is poised to come to Supercars, as part of a massive ownership shakeup of Walkinshaw Racing.

    Brown, who moved into the McLaren role late last year, is in discussions to take a stake in the Melbourne-based Holden team, owned by Martine and Ryan Walkinshaw.

    However the Brown move is just one part of a much bigger overhaul for the team, with further details to be revealed in Thursday’s print edition of Auto Action magazine.

    As has already been reported, another likely stakeholder in WR is Peter Adderton, co-founder of Boost Mobile, which sponsors the team. US-based Adderton has long-time links with James Courtney, and recently accompanied Ryan Walkinshaw and Courtney’s manager Alan Gow on a visit to McLaren’s Woking, UK headquarters.

    Brown is believed to be looking to expand his United Autosports team, which he co-owns in conjunction with former Formula 3000 racer Richard Dean. UA has a large collection of classic race cars, including nearly a dozen F1 cars, and recently acquired its first Supercar, a Bathurst winning ex-Holden Racing Team Commodore.

    Speaking exclusively to AA in Singapore, Brown confirmed his interest in taking a role with WR.

    “United Autosports is looking at it,” he said. “We are interested in it. I think it is a great series. I think the Walkinshaw team is a great racing team.”

    Ryan Walkinshaw would not comment on the matter, at Sandown telling AA only, “Zak bought a car off us and people are jumping to the wrong conclusions.”

    But there is a lot more to the story than this – and more details will be revealed in tomorrow’s edition of Auto Action.

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    Date posted: September 20, 2017
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    Well, even though I have no like for this mob good to see some possible new investment that possibly helps the series overall having solid teams.
    COTF originally launched in the hope of reducing Team costs as we know went opposite so every team needs good resource.
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    There is only really one direction for this team to go now. Up, or its out.
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    Seems its a done deal (subject to board approval), with Andretti on board and Brown a minority holder

    They must be watching Penske and want a piece of the action!

    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...inshaw-racing/



    Quote Originally Posted by Supercars View Post
    . IndyCar outfit Andretti Autosport and McLaren Formula 1 chief Zak Brown’s United Autosports have bought into Virgin Australia Supercars Championship team Walkinshaw Racing.

    As of January 1, the Holden team will be known as Walkinshaw Andretti United, pending Supercars Board approval of the deal.

    Ryan Walkinshaw and Michael Andretti will be equal stakeholders, with Brown holding a minority share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randel View Post
    Seems its a done deal (subject to board approval), with Andretti on board and Brown a minority holder

    They must be watching Penske and want a piece of the action!

    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...inshaw-racing/
    What's the commercial opportunity for them?

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    Maybe its not always about business - well his business is racing - probably more of a my dicks bigger than yours type of rivalry.....

    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...enske-rivalry/

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    http://www.supercars.com/news/champi...?sf119517775=1

    Andretti, Walkinshaw search for new manufacturer
    1 hour ago By Stefan Bartholomaeus Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
    After striking a deal to join forces from 2018, Ryan Walkinshaw and Michael Andretti have declared bringing a new manufacturer to the category as their ‘key objective’.

    The duo yesterday announced the formation of Walkinshaw Andretti United, with Walkinshaw selling equity in his family’s team to Andretti and McLaren boss Zak Brown.

    Walkinshaw’s Australian squad has run Holdens since it formed over 25 years ago, but lost its factory backing to Roland Dane’s Triple Eight ahead of this season.

    It was reborn as Mobil 1 HSV Racing, utilising the link between the Supercars team and Walkinshaw’s HSV road car arm.

    HSV’s plan to sell right-hand-drive Chevrolet Camaros in Australia following the end of Commodore production has led to suggestions that Walkinshaw would introduce the two-door car to Supercars.

    The Englishman has, however, declared there are no plans to race the Camaro and instead says he and Andretti will both lean on their automotive contacts to lure a new marque.

    “It’s not a long-term goal or plan,” Walkinshaw said of a Camaro Supercar.

    “As it stands today, our ideal situation will be to continue running Holdens next year, but there will be a renewed focus from myself and Michael to go and search for a new manufacturer going forward.

    “It’s one of our key objectives, to start putting the search on and the feelers out for a new manufacturer.

    “We’ve got some fantastic connections on the road car side of things with a dozen or so manufacturers, we’re very, very close with them, and Michael has the same thing on the road car side from the US as well with international brands.

    “Ideally, together, we can go and put a big search out there and try and find someone. If we don’t get anywhere it won’t be for a lack of trying, that’s for sure.”

    Walkinshaw says the team's aim is to upgrade to the new Commodore body in 2018, even if it is only running Holdens for one more season.

    "Our desired outcome is to be running the new Commodore shape next year," he said of the ZB model, which is being homologated by Triple Eight.
    Andretti is at Bathurst this weekend with a selection of his team’s key employees, including technical director Eric Bretzman.

    The five-time Indy 500-winning team owner says his interest in becoming a Supercars owner was sparked by a similar move from fellow American racing legend Roger Penske in 2014.

    Andretti Autosport's primary racing programs in IndyCar, Formula E and Global Rallycross are through partnerships with Honda, BMW and Volkswagen respectively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TS50 View Post
    Andretti, Walkinshaw search for new manufacturer
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    The less Commodores the better!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randel View Post
    The less Commodores the better!!
    If LDM end up bought out by Phil Mundey and switch to PRA Falcons we'll have 8 Falcons to fight 14 Commodores and 4 Nissans in 2018.
    Take the Walkinshaw cars to another manufacturer in 2019 and that reduces them further. But if Nissan withdraw the Kelly's would almost certainly switch back to GMHolden.
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    I'll throw one in there, Chevrolet.

    Would make sense seeing they're converting the Camaro to RHD.
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