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Walkinshaw Andretti United’s movement in the driver market for 2020 was sure proof that it means business.
What was the Holden Racing Team until the end of 2016 welcomed Andretti Autosport and United Autosports as partners in '18.
After two years of solid yet unspectacular results, the WAU international alliance decided to throw everything at signing Chaz Mostert as their spearhead – and they got their man.
They wiped the slate completely clean, hiring reigning Dunlop Super2 Series champion Bryce Fullwood as Mostert’s teammate.
Founded by Tom Walkinshaw, the team enjoyed a rich history during more than two decades as HRT.
It won races, titles and Bathurst 1000s with the likes of Peter Brock, Craig Lowndes, Mark Skaife, Garth Tander, Jason Bright, Greg Murphy and Todd Kelly.
While HRT’s last major piece of silverware came at Bathurst in 2011 with Tander and Nick Percat – four years after Tander won Walkinshaw’s final title in HSV Dealer Team colours – the squad has its eyes set on a move back up the order.
Its international partners play a role in that; led by former racer Michael Andretti, Andretti Autosport has six Indy 500 wins and five IndyCar Series crowns to its name, and also runs Formula E and Indy Lights programs.
Sportscar outfit United Autosports is owned by McLaren Formula 1 chief Zak Brown and British racer Richard Dean.