Walkinshaw Andretti United intends to maintain a GT program in 2018, despite missing this weekend’s Bathurst 12 Hour.
The Supercars squad has run a Porsche GT3 R in GT racing since the car arrived in Australia nearly two years ago, an arrangement that pre-dates the buy-in of Andretti Autosport and United Autosports.
That included fielding the Porsche and a second factory-backed entry at Mount Panorama last February, with Liam Talbot, John Martin and Duvashen Padayachee taking fourth outright and winning the GT3 Am class.
Talbot subsequently drove the GT3 R in the Australian GT Championship, falling just short of the title.
German squad Manthey Racing and Asian outfit Craft Bamboo Racing will handle Porsche’s 12 Hour campaign this weekend, with Talbot and Martin joining David Reynolds in a Mercedes.
Walkinshaw Andretti United’s absence does not necessarily mark the end of its GT arm, though, with the team expected to continue with Talbot and Martin in Australian GT.
“It’s still part of the plans,” general manager of motorsport Mathew Nilsson told Supercars.com of the Porsche effort.
“Obviously we’re not doing the Bathurst 12 Hour this year, but certainly the GT racing is something we’re still looking at and organising.
“There’s nothing to announce, but we’re still working through things and it’s certainly part of the intent.”
Talbot finished second in Australian GT, then third in the Endurance Championship with Martin last year
What was Walkinshaw Racing took on its new identity on January 1, after its change of ownership was announced during last October’s Bathurst 1000 weekend.