ANALYSIS: WALKINSHAW ANDRETTI UNITED’S FORD DEFECTION

WAU will run Fords in 2023. Pic: Supplied

NEWS that Walkinshaw Andretti United will run Ford Mustangs next season came as one of the biggest bombshells in Supercars history.

The squad’s past as the Holden Racing Team from 1990 to 2016 makes it a highly emotive move with plenty of major talking points.

On this week’s Castrol Motorsport News Podcast, host Andrew van Leeuwen and V8 Sleuth’s Stefan Bartholomaeus take a deep dive look at the announcement and the questions that remain.

Listen in the player below or via your preferred podcast platform, including Apple, Spotify, Google, Amazon Music and iHeartRadio.

The boys dissect the emotional fan reaction and the details of how the news was rolled out, including WAU’s use of Tom Walkinshaw’s Ford history in the announcement.

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They also look at what the touted reason for the switch, the promise of ‘factory support’, actually means in modern Supercar racing, and whether hopes for a third Gen3 manufacturer are now lost.

Also on the agenda is the prospect of a road car tie-up between Ford and Walkinshaw Group and the possible ramifications of the Blue Oval’s surprise cap on the number of Mustangs in next year’s field.

All this plus a preview of what to watch for at this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour, a look back at the Formula 1 driver dissent in Miami, NASCAR’s latest retaliation controversy and much more.