Sport Bathurst champ confirms Holden switch

01:05  26 november  2019
01:05  26 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The Holden Bathurst contingent for this year included 13 SL/R 5000s, 7 XU-1s and Dick Johnson Racing switched to a 1983 Zakspeed developed Ford Mustang GT formerly raced in Europe by The 1995 champions were Larry Perkins and Russell Ingall in a Holden VR Commodore, followed by

a group of people posing for the camera: Chaz Mostert is wheeled to the WAU garage by Tickford Racing mechanics.© Getty Chaz Mostert is wheeled to the WAU garage by Tickford Racing mechanics. Chaz Mostert's move to Walkinshaw Andretti United (WAU) is finally official, with the Bathurst champion confirming the news this morning.

The 27-year-old has signed a multi-year deal with WAU that will see him behind the wheel of one the team's two Commodores.

Mostert, whose 13 victories include the 2014 Bathurst 1000, says he can't wait to join his new team, as he switches from Ford to Holden.

"I'm super excited to be joining the Walkinshaw Andretti United family, it's going to be full of new challenges and for me and at this stage of my career I'm excited for some change," Mostert said in a statement.

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"I've spent most of my Supercar career on one side of the fence and really enjoyed that, but now I'm excited to jump over to the other side and hopefully build something special.

"I'm looking forward to getting to know the WAU Team and their fanbase, my fans that have followed me in my journey so far are all incredible and I hope they continue to support me next year and beyond, no matter the car I drive."

The move hardly comes as a shock, with Mostert's Tickford Racing mechanics jokingly taping the driver to a tyre trolley after Sunday's race in Newcastle, and wheeling him down to the WAU garage.

"There is no doubt Chaz is one of the top drivers in the Supercars Championship, so to have him join our Team is extremely exciting, and a testament to the direction we are headed," team boss Ryan Walkinshaw said.

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"A lot of work has gone into this from everyone, so to see it come to fruition is incredibly satisfying. His talent and charisma mean he will be a fantastic asset for us, both on and off the track.

"We are here to win races and to win championships, and we believe we can do that with Chaz. We welcome him with open arms to our family, as I'm sure our fan base will as well.

"It begins the next chapter of journey, and I can't wait to see it unfold."

WAU co-owner Michael Andretti says Mostert's signing is a coup for the team.

"To have a driver of Chaz's pedigree join Walkinshaw Andretti United shows the path we are headed. He is undoubtedly one of the top drivers in the field, and is a great fit for us and what we stand for," Andretti said.

"He has shown faith in us, and we look forward to repaying that in our journey together. I can't wait to see him behind the wheel in 2020, and look forward to sharing success together into the future."


Le Brocq to replace Supercars star Mostert .
Ford powerhouse Tickford Racing have named their replacement for Supercars star Chaz Mostert, signing Jack Le Brocq for the 2020 season.Le Brocq, 27, earned the coveted seat vacated by Mostert after the former Bathurst 1000 champion moved to Holden heavyweights Walkinshaw Andretti United this week.

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