19 Feb 2020
The shock announcement of GM's withdrawal of the Holden brand name from 2021 has seen the series' teams unite to put on a strong showing of the classic Holden-v-Ford rivalry on the Adelaide Street Circuit this weekend.
And although the Red Bull Holden Racing Team-led legion of Commodore teams will be out to give the famous Lion a fitting send off, Ford's teams are determined to break their hearts.
While the current model Commodore is slated to be raced in the 2021 Supercars Championship, most expect the Holden badge will be scrubbed from the cars.
It means this weekend's Superloop Adelaide 500 will likely be the last time fans can see the brand - which originated as a saddlery in the 1800s - race on the city's famed street circuit.
Holden stalwart Jamie Whincup - the most recent championship winner for the 'Red Army' - told the series' website he is determined to give the manufacturer a strong send off.
“Of course we think about what it means to Supercars and race teams but before all that, our thoughts are with the hundreds of people at headquarters that have sort of lost their job this week,” Whincup said.
“Also everyone in dealer land, all of the sales people that have not only lost a job but they have heard of the end of a brand that they truly loved.
“It’s been a tough few days, to be honest I can’t stop thinking about it… but we’re here to do a job, we’re here to represent, in my opinion, the best race car in the country and we’ll go out there this weekend and do our thing.”
Earlier in the day, Ford's reigning champion Scott McLaughlin said the news, while shocking, meant his team was prepared for a fired-up legion of Commodores on the grid.
And showing the rivalry between Holden and Ford was still strong, he said his Shell V-Power Racing Team will be out to spoil.
"It's sad news, I started my career in that car (a Holden) and to a number of Australians and New Zealanders it's a massive marque in the sport," McLaughlin said.
"It's sad, but Supercars will find a way to get around it... but I'm absolutely expecting... they're going to be wanting to send Holden off on a high.
"We're ready for that, we want to spoil that!"
Tickets are still on sale for the 2020 Superloop Adelaide 500, with Holden's final races on the famous Adelaide Street Circuit to take place on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available here.
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