With the announcement that Nissan is to back a four-car factory team in the V8 Supercars with Kelly Racing from next year, making them the first manufacturer to crash Holden and Ford’s duopoly in two decades, both Holden and Ford have released statements welcoming the added competition. Here's what they had to say:
Holden has welcomed today's announcement of a third manufacturer joining the V8 Supercar Championship in 2013.
GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mike Devereux said he supported the increased competition in the category which Holden was instrumental in creating almost 20 years ago.
“The new car market has changed dramatically over the past few years creating many challenges for local manufacturers,” Devereux said.
“Understandably, V8 Supercars has seen the need to alter its requirements to encourage more manufacturers into the category to keep it relevant.
“The introduction of another manufacturer does not waiver our commitment; in fact we are excited about the challenge and it will add yet another chapter to our proud motorsport history.
“Holden is Australia's car company and V8 Supercars will remain the quintessential Aussie motor racing series. We have the very best teams and the finest drivers, so we say – 'Bring it on!'.”
“Nissan's decision to join V8s from next year shows that the Car of the Future plan has merit and is an important step forward for the category,” said Graham Barrie, Ford Group Manager, Motorsport Sponsorship and Events.
“We look forward to seeing how V8 Supercar fans react now and once they're on the grid.”