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Old 12 Apr 2016, 01:51 (Ref:3631985)   #61
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There is a story floating around at the moment that Penske may be looking to expand the number of cars it operates in the main game next season... so could provide a home for Mr Courtney AND Mr Pye plus one more with Mr Coulthard...
Wow, one has to wonder how they are measuring the commercial return through their internal promotions, but considering the cars are not really generating any external sponsorship, I find this kind of amazing.
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Old 12 Apr 2016, 03:41 (Ref:3631997)   #62
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So if Courtney heads back to the busom of DJR next year as widely suspected, does that mean Scotty McLaughlin will sit in seat #22 (providing Holden stand by HRT)?
Don't think he'll leave BFF Adrian.... if anyone was going to go it would be GT.

But then they're in the so called rebuilding phase, and chances are they'll want to keep the boys on board a bit longer...
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Old 12 Apr 2016, 03:52 (Ref:3632001)   #63
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Don't think he'll leave BFF Adrian.... if anyone was going to go it would be GT.
GT is really seriously embedded with HSV too so I'm not really sure he will ever leave, but I guess in 2017 many things could change.
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Old 13 Apr 2016, 00:24 (Ref:3632206)   #64
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Wasn't Holden considering scaling back support to one team next season? HRT on the outer? It would then make sense Gow sending James resume's around the paddock to get a better deal for 2017.
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Old 13 Apr 2016, 01:40 (Ref:3632215)   #65
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Don't think he'll leave BFF Adrian.
But money talks. With the Walkinshaw family having to top up HRT's coffers for the past few seasons, maybe a lesser deal will be tabled. Don't think James and Alan Gow have ever been shy in chasing the best monetary deal.

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GT is really seriously embedded with HSV too so I'm not really sure he will ever leave, but I guess in 2017 many things could change.
GT is probably quite content to see out his driving days with HRT, but turning 40 next year, he is closer to the end than the beginning.

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Wasn't Holden considering scaling back support to one team next season? HRT on the outer? It would then make sense Gow sending James resume's around the paddock to get a better deal for 2017.
Nothing has been decided...or at least announced. HRT's Holden funding has been reported as being under threat ever since 888 became a Holden team, yet nothing has come of it. But obviously every year without success adds to the likelihood.
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Old 13 Apr 2016, 22:21 (Ref:3632442)   #66
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...in an additional car....
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Old 14 Apr 2016, 04:18 (Ref:3632485)   #67
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"McLaughlin to DJR Team Penske" - AA

...in an additional car....
So where does the REC come from? Is VESA willing to reboot the last two REC's laying around to make the grid back to 28 or keep it as 26?
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Old 14 Apr 2016, 04:54 (Ref:3632488)   #68
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So where does the REC come from? Is VESA willing to reboot the last two REC's laying around to make the grid back to 28 or keep it as 26?
Think they would prefer to leave it at 26, more cars = smaller pieces of pie. The idea of DJRTP running a 3rd car appears a bit of a smokescreen, should they get McLaughlin then probably will be at Pye's expense. Would expect him to be favourite for the GRM seat though.
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Old 14 Apr 2016, 05:12 (Ref:3632493)   #69
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So where does the REC come from? Is VESA willing to reboot the last two REC's laying around to make the grid back to 28 or keep it as 26?
A certain formerly Yatala-based, now Moorabbin-based and soon to be Dandenong-based team seems to be running its 2nd car under sufferance, not choice..

Another pilot who might not go round again has a stake in a REC that might be relocatable if a multi year enduro drive was in the offing (and his current employer, a part owner of that REC too) allows it..

There are others around too, if the price were right, and the sponsorship securing success was as it is now...
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Old 14 Apr 2016, 06:26 (Ref:3632497)   #70
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I dunno you guys trying to figure this out, AA's reputation lately is 2 Low 4 Zero....
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Old 18 Apr 2016, 03:14 (Ref:3634270)   #72
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Wasn't Holden considering scaling back support to one team next season? HRT on the outer? It would then make sense Gow sending James resume's around the paddock to get a better deal for 2017.
Mr McNamara spent a lot of time with 888 and LDM at Phillip Island
over the week-end. Did not see him once with HRT over the 3 days.
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over the week-end. Did not see him once with HRT over the 3 days.
Percat to a 4th 888 car?
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Old 18 Apr 2016, 07:57 (Ref:3634317)   #74
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Scott Pye no longer managed by Roland Dane - Speedcafe
Guess with the signing of SVG and with no prospect of an opening at 888 in the next few years, a split was probably best for both parties given the potential conflict of interest.
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He'd need either Lowndes or Whincup to move on, and for Mr Dane to keep the contankerous 3-car model, to have a chance.
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