V8 Supercar team owner Charlie Schwerkolt says he hopes his Walkinshaw Racing-run entry’s fortunes will change in the west.
Schwerkolt switched from being a Ford Performance Racing customer entrant in 2014 to a technical link-up with Walkinshaw Racing for 2015, while signing race winner Lee Holdsworth to take over driving duties.
But results have been hard to come by for Holdsworth in the opening two points-scoring rounds of the season in Adelaide and Tasmania, with the Queenslander currently 18th in the points.
However, Schwerkolt is confident that the points will soon start to flow, perhaps even as soon as the upcoming round at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth.
“We have a very real chance of winning and being on the podium,” Schwerkolt told the V8 Supercars official website.
“The ingredients are all there – I’m very happy with the car, very happy with the team and with Lee, and I can feel some good results very close.
“Hopefully we’ll have a ripper run in Perth. Lee had a bit of unlucky stuff, with a drive-through in Tassie, but I can feel we’re getting better with the car and the engineer relationship [with Alex Somerset] is fantastic.
“So I don’t think it’s too far away, getting good results. I’m pretty happy at the moment, for sure.”
Yesterday, Walkinshaw Racing announced that Sebastien Bourdais will team up with Holdsworth for the endurance races at Sundown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise.