GM announced yesterday (US time) that production of the sixth-generation Camaro will come to an end next year, with no instant clarification on what is going to exchange it within the mannequin line-up.
That’s set to affect quite a lot of important factory-supported racing programmes together with NASCAR and Supercars.
The Camaro is a brand new addition to Supercars having changed the Holden Commodore as GM’s racer this season as a part of the brand new Gen3 guidelines.
That provides awkwardness to the timing of the announcement, given the transfer to Gen3 was designed to extend the highway relevance between the racing and road-going variations of the competing vehicles.
Supercars has this morning responded to the demise of the Camaro, outlining that it’ll proceed to race within the sequence till at the very least the tip of 2025.
“Whereas immediately’s Common Motors (GM) information out of the US will have an effect on our racing product, we respect and acknowledge that change is usually inevitable,” stated Supercars CEO Shane Howard in a press release.
“We are going to proceed our sturdy partnership with GM into the long run.
“GM has been an integral a part of our heritage and has performed a big position in shaping Supercars to turn out to be what it’s immediately, the best touring automotive class on this planet.
“Ever since Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland famously received in a Holden Monaro at Bathurst in 1968, GM has helped formed the careers of a few of Australia’s and New Zealand’s biggest drivers, together with Peter Brock, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup and most just lately Shane van Gisbergen.
“For followers, the Camaro will proceed to proudly symbolize Chevrolet Racing within the Repco Supercars Championship till at the very least the tip of 2025.”
The Camaro turned the GM mannequin of selection for Supercars this yr after the long term of Commodore races, stretching again to 1980, got here to an finish.
That was as a consequence of GM’s axing of the Holden brand as a whole again in 2020, the most recent iteration of the Commodore, the ZB, then persevering with because the race automotive till the Gen3 guidelines had been prepared.
There are six GM groups on the Supercars grid – Brad Jones Racing, Erebus Motorsport, Workforce 18, PremiAir Racing, Matt Stone Racing and homologation group Triple Eight – with Camaros making up 14 of the 25 vehicles.