This is supposed to be the Australian Supercar series – but we drive American cars and New Zealand drivers dominate the sport
Supercars: Camaro aims to join the Supercars series by 2022, with plans and designs already underway for the new team
As the great Australian race is about to begin, the inevitable winds of change have already hit the sport with the last big domino about to fall
While Holden is owned by US giant General Motors and has been manufactured at sea since 2017, the announcement was made earlier this year that the iconic brand would cease to exist
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The move in February, according to which the brand would be phased out by 2021, shocked the Australian motorsport industry and was the death knell for the Ford vs Holden rivalry
General Motors even went so far as to announce that it would no longer make cars suitable for Australian roads, leaving the right-hand drive markets that are expected to cost the company « north of $ 1 billion (A15b ) «
While other manufacturers have been involved for different periods in the sport, no rivalry comes close to the one that Holden and Ford built
After months of negotiations, the Camaro will join the grid for the 2022 season, following the Commodore’s last victory lap in 2021
« We are delighted to welcome an all-new racing car design to the track in 2022, » Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said when announcing the car.
« The cars will retain their signature V8 engine format to ensure they are fast and loud, but they will be ‘hybrid ready’ and look more like the road cars they are based on
« These are incredible racing cars that give a nod to the Supercar of the past, with as much attention to the design and appearance of the cars as to new technology
« The Gen3 project will support the longevity of Supercars by increasing their relevance to our fans and partners, reducing operating costs and making racing even more fierce »
While it’s a good compromise for the Camaro to take on the dominant Mustangs, social media has seen plenty of people complaining about the end of the great Australian racers
Following the announcement of the Camaro’s arrival, one comment read: « Australian supercars where the Kiwis dominate and we race American cars »
In recent years in particular, this has been the case, New Zealand’s Scott McLaughlin nearly unbeatable with three consecutive championships, having narrowly lost the 2017 title after melting into the final race.
His teammate Fabian Coulthard is also a British-born Kiwi, while Red Bull Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen is also a compatriot and one of his fiercest rivals
In fact, of the five New Zealanders on the grid, three are in the top seven ahead of Bathurst
The iconic Falcon was retired after the 2018 Supercar season and replaced by the quintessential American Mustang
When the announcement was made that Holden would be retiring from the sport, Supercar legend Mark Skaife lamented the loss of the rivalry that had driven Australian motorsport for decades.
« The history of passenger cars, which goes back 60 years, has been built on it (the Ford Vs Holden rivalry), » said Skaife
« If Holden is not here, in the best interest of local motorsport we need to make sure the fans are always motivated and want to attend and watch events on TV
« As a company, we cannot have a policy of displaying the white flag because Holden has moved out of town »
Garry Rogers Motorsport namesake, team veteran Garry Rogers even called for the manufacturer pool to open
« I think the Supercars will survive, but there is no doubt that the rivalry between Ford and Holden has been difficult, » Rogers said earlier in the year
« If you go back to when Bathurst started, we had all kinds of cars racing there, many different makes and types We could probably go back to something like this »
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