General Motors confirmed right this moment that the Holden model can be wound down after 2020, successfully ending greater than 160 years of historical past in Australia.
The information is a blow to Supercars, with Holden but to rule out ending its present two-year manufacturing unit dedication – set to run till the tip of 2021 – prematurely.
Holden demise has sparked a wave of response from the Aussie motorsport trade, the model having been staple of the Australian Touring Car Championship since its inception in 1960.
Walkinshaw Andretti United, which ran Holden’s manufacturing unit ATCC/Supercars programme from 1990 to 2016, was swift to difficulty a press release as soon as the information was made official.
“Our thoughts today are with the incredible men and women who make up the Holden workforce, the dealers, customers, and all Holden fans who have all been impacted by today’s news,” it learn.
“Our group has shared a protracted and profitable relationship with Holden in Australia for 3 a long time.
“It’s very unhappy to see them depart. We are grateful for his or her help, and pleased with what we’ve achieved collectively, together with seven Bathurst 1000 victories, and six driver championships.
“Our team and supporters have bled red for a long time, the lion and helmet will live on in our Team’s history forever.”
Triple Eight, which took over the manufacturing unit Holden deal in 2017, has to this point solely responded to the information by way of social media.
“We’re incredibly saddened for all Holden employees, dealers and fans and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time,” the group posted. “We’ll update [Red Bull Holden Racing Team] and Supercars fans with our future plans in due course, but right now we’re supporting our friends and colleagues at Holden.”
Rivals DJR Team Penske, Ford’s main manufacturing unit Supercars group, was additionally fast to react to the information on social media.
“We are saddened by Holden’s closure announcement,” DJRTP posted. “Holden was all the time a fierce rival.
“An important Aussie model coming to an finish is unhappy for our nation, regardless of your allegiance. We really feel for these affected, and look ahead to continued robust competitors on the observe.”
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