Court­ney itch­ing to pilot new Ca­maro

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - JAMES PHELPS

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.

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