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Luff to guide two-car WAU Super2 program

WALKINSHAW Andretti United has announced it will enter a two-car team in the 2023 Dunlop Super2 Series.

As exclusively revealed by V8 Sleuth, rising star Zach Bates has secured one of those seats, with his teammate still to be confirmed.

WAU’s first Super2 campaign in more than a decade will be led by stalwart Rob Starr as team manager.

The longest-serving employee in HRT history, Starr joined the team in 1991.

Notably, six-time Bathurst 1000 podium finisher Warren Luff will be utilised in the role of driver development advisor, firming up suggestions he’ll continue racing for WAU into 2023 despite Lee Holdsworth’s imminent return as a co-driver.

“We are so excited to have Zach Bates join us in our Super2 program for 2023, he is such an impressive young man in every aspect,” said WAU team principal Bruce Stewart.

“Returning to the Dunlop Super2 Championship has been a big focus of ours, but only with the right people involved.

“It’s a really important pathway for not only Zach and other drivers, but staff as well, from mechanics, engineers, it creates a pathway for a variety of different roles within our sport, so we are rapt to be competing, and to have Zach representing us.

“Importantly, we have some incredibly talented people involved, with Rob Starr leading the program, with over 32 years of experience in our team, as well as Luffy there to help guide and nurture the young drivers with everything they have to deal with across the season… who better to learn from.

“We are really excited to see Zach develop in 2023, I’m sure his talent will become clear to all pretty quickly.”

Zach Bates. Pic: Supplied

Bates, the cousin of leading Australian rally drivers Harry and Lewis Bates, contended for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series title this year and scored a round podium on Turtle Wax Trans Am Series debut in May.

“I’m really excited to be joining Walkinshaw Andretti United for the 2023 Super2 season,” said the Canberran.

“To join a team with so much experience is super cool, it is a big step for me, but there will be no shortage of people to learn off so I’m really excited to get underway.”

Bates is the sixth driver formally confirmed for Super2 next year, following Elly Morrow and Brad Vaughan (Tickford Racing), Kai Allen (Eggleston Motorsport), Aaron Love (Blanchard Racing Team), and privateer Zane Morse.

Among others expected to be on the grid are Matt Chahda (Matt Chahda Motorsport), Michael Anderson (Anderson Motorsport), Aaron Seton (TBC), Cameron Crick (Eggleston), Jay Hanson (Image Racing/Erebus Motorsport) and Lochie Dalton (Brad Jones Racing).

As for candidates for the second WAU seat, the team could potentially consider the likes of Ryan Wood, Aaron Cameron, Matt McLean, Kaleb Ngatoa and Joey Mawson, all of whom they ran at an evaluation day last month.

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