'Positive' talks ongoing for new Holden Racing Team deal

Holden is currently engaged in 'positive' talks over an extension of its factory Supercars team deal with Triple Eight Race Engineering.

'Positive' talks ongoing for new Holden Racing Team deal

Holden switched its factory backing from Walkinshaw Racing to T8 ahead of the 2017 season to create the Red Bull Holden Racing Team, on what was a three-year deal running through to the end of 2019.

Talks between the manufacturer and T8 regarding 2020 and beyond have now begun, Holden's marketing boss Kristian Aquilina confirming that they are positive, but staying tight-lipped on details and timelines.

"Talks are ongoing, they're positive, and when we've got something to say about that we're happy to have a chat," he said.

"At the moment, those talks are between the team and ourselves, that's the best way to keep it until we land on what the arrangements are going forward.

"We're positive about a continuing relationship with Triple Eight. We're just talking through what that looks like, the shape of that, and we've got a bit more time to talk about it.

"There is no gun to our head. No deadline.

"The people who need to know where things are at are well-informed, they can all make the right decisions on what they do next.

"We have a very good relationship with [Triple Eight]. They are doing a fantastic job. It is positive."

Holden has increased its backing outside of its T8 relationship this season, with a parts and road car package for all of the teams running Commodores.

However Aquilina says that deal won't affect the talks regarding the fully-fledged factory outfit.

"The Triple Eight/Holden discussion is happening in isolation to the things we're doing with the other teams," he said.

shares
comments
Triple Eight announces Blancpain GT Asia programme

Previous article

Triple Eight announces Blancpain GT Asia programme

Next article

Holden explains expanded Supercars backing

Holden explains expanded Supercars backing
Load comments
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Prime

Why Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a controversial figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his drama-filled boots as the category enters a new era...

Supercars
Nov 3, 2020