Jonathon Webb has declared that his Tekno Autosports outfit will remain in Supercars next season, quashing doubt over his commitment to the category.
Tekno’s future has been a major talking point in the paddock over recent months, with its driver Will Davison and sponsor Woodstock Bourbon both out of contract at year’s end.
The Gold Coast-based Webb has this year dedicated an increased amount of his time to Tekno’s road car performance arm, which runs alongside the Supercars team.
While admitting there is much to work through ahead of 2018, Webb says his Racing Entitlements Contract is not for sale and that Tekno will continue as a standalone team.
Tekno has operated as a Triple Eight customer out of its own workshop since 2011, recently moving into a new, 4,500sqm facility it shares with the Tekno Performance arm.
“I’m not moving anything or selling anything,” Webb told Supercars.com.
“I’ve just built a big workshop to fit everything in. We’re hanging around for a little while longer.
“Supercars is what we’ve committed to for a lot of years now and it’s something I’m committed to for a long time into the future.”
Webb says he’s working through his options with the team’s technical partner, Triple Eight, about upgrading to the new-model ZB Commodore next year.
Who will be behind the wheel of its entry is, however, a major unknown, with current star Will Davison no certainty to continue.
With much still to play out in the silly season and sponsorship an important part of the puzzle, Webb is working through the possibilities.
“We’re still working through all the options, weighing everything up and putting the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together,” he said.
“I don’t want to change too much up. We need to tidy up and refine what we’ve got, but we’re not going to try and re-engineer the wheel.
“We’ve had chats with Roland (Dane) and the Triple Eight boys about what we can do and how all of that side works.
“It’s another part of the puzzle that hopefully will come together, but we know what can be done and what our options are.”
Former Walkinshaw boss Adrian Burgess’ presence in the Tekno garage at Sandown has only increased intrigue over the team’s 2018 plans.
Both Webb and Burgess have, however, downplayed the tie-up, which is currently limited to a consulting role for Sandown only.
Tekno has endured a rough season to date, but is looking to recapture its 2017 PIRTEK Enduro Cup form that included a Sandown podium and a Bathurst victory.