In light of the Ford Australia announcement three weeks ago that they will return to the Supercars championship with the two-door Mustang V8 in 2019, many Supercar fans are now pushing hard for the Chevrolet Camaro to replace the ZB Commodore.
That’s despite the fact that the ZB Commodore race car was only introduced this year after an 18-month development program carried out by Triple Eight Race Engineering who are the official Holden Race Team.
Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), which is owned by the Walkinshaw family, currently has the rights to convert and sell the Camaro in Australia and together with race team partners (see below), have indicated they could be interested in racing the Camaro in the future.
Michael Andretti (Andretti Autosports) and Zac Brown (United Autosports) have both expressed a keen interest to compete with a Camaro and with Walkinshaw being dumped by Holden at the end of 2016 as the official Holden Race Team, there is no outstanding allegiance.
Holden has announced they would not stand in the way of any Holden race team who wished to homologate and develop a Camaro Supercar, so the door is open for that to happen.
As an aside, Holden only sold 516 new Commodores in March to the 705 Mustangs which is the best selling sports car in Australia!!!!
Since 2015 Ford teams have been forced to run the FGX Falcon even though the Falcon ceased production in October 2016.
For some time there was much speculation that the four Ford teams in the championship would move to the iconic Mustang in the future as the Gen 2 regulations allow for two-door cars and the five-door Commodore.
Ford Australia will now provide factory backing and, together with DJR/Team Penske and Tickford Racing, the 2018 Mustang will be developed to fit the current control chassis that all teams are required to use.
In simple terms it really means the bodywork and the aero package needs to be developed to meet certain technical criteria and while it might sound easy, there is a great deal of design and fabrication work to be undertaken.
This is an exciting development for the Supercars championship going forward, and it also raises the question as to what the future holds for the Kelly brothers who field four of the Nissan Altimas in the championship.
Their current arrangement with Nissan expires at the end of this year and there is plenty of speculation to suggest it will not continue.
The Gen 2 regulations allow for a two-wheel drive version of the twin turbo V6 R35 Nissan Skyline (Godzilla) to compete, but whether Nissan would be interested is unknown.
At the moment Todd and Rick Kelly are playing their option cards close to their chests.
Interesting times ahead.
Further to last week’s comments regarding Daniel Ricciardo’s options for next year and beyond, the possibility of a move to Mercedes Benz to replace Valtteri Bottas is off the table.
On Thursday Mercedes Benz GP boss Toto Wolff stated he had no interest in signing Ricciardo as he is more than happy with current drivers Lewis Hamilton and Bottas.
Both are out of contract at the end of the year but word is that the team will announce a new deal for Hamilton very soon and based on Woolf’s comments, it seems Bottas is safe as well.
That now leaves Ricciardo with a dilemma and only two possible options, bearing in mind his clearly-stated objective to sign with a team that will give him the best opportunity to win the world championship.
As far as current team Red Bull is concerned the question is do they want to keep him and if they do, will he be prepared to take the risk of being in a car with possibly the underpowered Honda engine?
And if he did get the opportunity to go to Ferrari would he be prepared to play second fiddle to Sebastian Vettel who is the chosen one? Good luck Dan.