Holden eyes title in Ford's backyard

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 25/07/2022
  • By James Pavey

Holden is eyeing a major Supercars trophy in its final season, and it could clinch it in Ford’s backyard.

Commodores have won 15 of the 20 races held so far in the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

Three more, and Holden will clinch this year's Champion Manufacturer award.

The trophy is awarded to the marque that claims the most race wins throughout the season.

The manufacturers’ title has been awarded since 1999, with Holden winning 15 times and Ford eight.

Holden has won 15 races to Ford’s five in 2022, despite Mustangs claiming 15 poles.

With 14 races remaining, three more Commodore wins will give Holden an unassailable tally.

However, Commodore drivers will face an uphill battle to seal the crown this weekend at the Mustang’s best circuit.

Mustangs have won 10 of 11 races at The Bend Motorsport Park since 2019.

Ford drivers have won the last eight races at The Bend; three different Ford teams won at the South Australian venue last year.

Winning the 2022 Champion Manufacturer award would be an emotional send-off for Holden.

This season is the last for Holden in Supercars, with the Chevrolet Camaro becoming General Motors’ weapon of choice for Gen3.

Holden ceased operations in 2020, but ZB Commodores raced on in 2020 and 2021.

Ford has its own mission to chase at The Bend; the Mustang needs three more wins to match Ford’s most successful Supercar model.

The FG Falcon, which raced between 2009 and 2014, won 55 races. The Mustang GT won its 52nd race courtesy of Waters in Darwin in June.

Shane van Gisbergen has done the lion’s share of the winning with 11 victories this season.

Van Gisbergen also brought up Holden's 600th ATCC/Supercars win in Perth in April.

Chaz Mostert has claimed four wins, taking Holden’s tally to 15.

Cam Waters (three), Will Davison and Anton De Pasquale (one each) combine for Ford’s five.

This season is the last for Holden in Supercars, with the Chevrolet Camaro becoming General Motors’ weapon of choice for Gen3.

Holden ceased operations in 2020, but ZB Commodores raced on in 2020 and 2021.

It’s still all to play for for the ARMOR ALL Pole Champion award.

Davison leads the way with six poles, with Waters (five) and van Gisbergen (four) just behind.

De Pasquale (three), David Reynolds and Brodie Kostecki (one each) have also claimed poles this season.

Van Gisbergen's next mission is to close out the 2022 drivers’ championship, having opened up a 274-point lead over De Pasquale in Townsville.

Red Bull Ampol Racing and Shell V-Power Racing Team are locked in combat for the teams’ title, the former leading by just 10 points.

Cars will hit the track at the OTR SuperSprint on Saturday. Purchase your tickets now.

2022 Supercars Champion Manufacturer standings (after Race 20)

15: Holden
5: Ford

2022 winning drivers

11: Shane van Gisbergen
4: Chaz Mostert
3: Cam Waters
1: Will Davison, Anton De Pasquale

Supercars Champion Manufacturer awards

1999: Holden
2000: Holden
2001: Holden
2002: Holden
2003: Ford
2004: Holden
2005: Ford
2006: Ford
2007: Holden
2008: Ford
2009: Ford
2010: Holden
2011: Holden
2012: Holden
2013: Holden
2014: Holden
2015: Holden
2016: Holden
2017: Ford
2018: Holden
2019: Ford
2020: Ford
2021: Holden

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