Courtney itching to pilot new Camaro
HOLDEN hero James Courtney has revealed he will be one of the first Australians to own the soon to be released right-hand-drive Walkinshaw Camaro.
In the first indication Walkinshaw Andretti United could swap their Holden Commodore Supercar for the iconic GM Camaro, the 2010 champion said he was expecting to take delivery of the car that will replace the iconic HSV Commodore as Walkinshaw Performance’s V8 road machine.
“This is the place to buy a road-go version,’’ Courntey said. “They will start rolling them out soon which is very cool. They have already sold every car that will be coming in on the first order.
“And I have been told I will be piloting one around the streets of the Gold Coast which I am very excited about.’’
There have been calls for a team to adopt the Camaro following Ford’s announcement that the Mustang will join the grid next year after the company re-entered the sport following a three-year exile.
Walkinshaw Andretti United have emerged as the team most likely with team co-owner Ryan Walkinshaw buying the rights to import and convert the Camaro through his business Walkinshaw Performance.
Walkinshaw Andretti United have no official links to Holden after being dumped by the company in 2016.
“I wouldn’t mind jumping in one,’’ Courtney said of the prospect of racing a Camaro Supercar. “It would be a cool thing.
“It is definitely one cool car and very iconic. As for if it is going to happen? I don’t know.
“I am not privy to those conversations. That decision will be made by someone more powerful than me. But again it is cool and it looks like that is the way a lot of people want the category to go.’’
Courtney said he had been impressed by the race performance of the all-new ZB Commodore following a strong start to the year.
“If you are going to change you wouldn’t change to something that would be worse,’’ Courtney said.
“But I have no idea when, what or how.
“But right now the Commodore is going well and I am happy with where we are at.’’
Sitting in fourth place on the championship ladder heading into yesterday’s 250km race at Phillip Island, Courtney said he was confident of having a strong season.
“It has been going great,’’ Courtney said.
“The car has been working really well and we have had some strong results.
“This weekend hasn’t been great but we are confident of getting it back in the window.
“We have been strong in all of our races and I am very happy with where the car is at and where the team is going.’’
The team was given a new lease on life last year when American racing legend Michael Andretti and McLaren boss Zac Brown bought a stake in the team.
Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing’s James Courtney.