HRT’s come­back

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

Team Red is back on track in V8 Su­per­cars rac­ing as part of the plan to re­store re­spect to the Walkin­shaw em­pire in Aus­tralia.

A whole­sale cleanout at the end of last year, the ar­rival of Adrian Burgess as team boss, a re­struc­ture and re­lo­ca­tion of all HRT as­s­ests at Clay­ton, and a vic­tory by James Court­ney at the Clip­sal 500 all re­flect a gi­ant change for 2014.

Ryan Walkin­shaw says it’s the nat­u­ral re­ac­tion to the fail­ure of the team over re­cent sea­sons, and the par­al­lel rise of Triple Eight as the hero Holden team on the coun­try’s race­tracks. “We want to win. I’m prob­a­bly as pissed off as Fer­rari has been over the past few years, putting money into re­sults our huge group of fans don’t ex­pect and we also don’t ex­pect,” says Walkin­shaw.

“Be­fore I came on­board, the team wasn’t in great shape. That was cul­tur­ally, and also the way com­pany was man­aged and op­er­ated.”

Walkin­shaw says for­mer McLaren trump Steve Hal­lam was do­ing a good job of sort­ing through the prob­lems, but his ap­proach was deemed too slow.

“So when Adrian Burgess be­came avail­able, it was nat­u­ral to grab him from Triple Eight.”

Walkin­shaw says that he is pre­pared to do what­ever it takes, from the big­gest in­vest­ment pro­gram in HRT his­tory to fir­ing staff.

“I did the cleanout. Adrian was pretty adamant that he wanted a new bunch of people and he’s done that. Some­times you need new people to get out of bad habits.

“The de­vel­op­ment pro­gram we’ve got in place is the big­gest we’ve ever had. But at least we’re go­ing in the right di­recitioon. There are big, big changes and it’s pretty ex­cit­ing.”

Walkin­shaw says he wants the changes to mir­ror the new look on the HRT Com­modores, which have the bold­est liv­ery on a fac­tory Holden since Peter Brock’s ‘Big Banger’ Com­modores.

He also says there are no ex­cuses and he wants re­store the brag­ging rights of Holden fans.

“At the end of the day, I’m here to f**king win. That’s what my fam­ily has al­ways been about. Los­ing gives me a pretty sour taste in the mouth,” Walkin­shaw says.

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