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Supercars 2020: Holden retires brand, V8, Triple Eight, Gen3

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The Holden car brand will be no more, with General Motors opting to dump the name synonymous with Australian motoring by 2021.

After closing the company’s local manufacturing operations in 2017, GM has taken the “difficult” decision to retire the brand from sales in both Australia and New Zealand.

“After comprehensive assessment, we regret that we could not prioritise the investment required for Holden to be successful for the long term in Australia and New Zealand, over all other considerations we have globally,” GM International Operations Senior Vice President Julian Blissett said on Monday.

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The implications for Holden’s participation in V8 Supercars aren’t immediately clear, but it throws up several questions.

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Race weekend format changes possible as Supercars looks to resume 2020 season

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Two-day race weekends could be on the cards as the Supercars season waits until a possible July restart amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Events in Tasmania, New Zealand and Perth were postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, with the next scheduled event at Winton in early June.

In the interim, Supercars has locked in an All Stars Eseries which will feature the category’s championship drivers racing each other online.

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David Reynolds’ docuseries nerves amid ‘honest portrayal’ of Supercars’ class clown and his team

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“I can’t bring myself to watch myself on TV… I can watch the race if I’m in the car, but as soon as I’m on TV… I hate my voice, I don’t tend to replay interviews.”

When Erebus Motorsport’s doors officially open for a groundbreaking docuseries, star driver David Reynolds could be watching from behind the lounge, or perhaps, not at all.

Still, Reynolds’ key role in helping take the team – which runs under the Penrite Racing banner – to the front of the Supercars grid will be given more light once Inside Line – A Season with Erebus Motorsport premieres on Fox Sports on Tuesday night.

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Engineering our safety: Supercars teams unite to fight against coronavirus pandemic

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Supercars teams are coming together to fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by producing and distributing potentially life-saving medical supplies.

As of Tuesday, there are over 780,000 cases and 37,000 deaths worldwide due to the coronavirus outbreak. With no racing until at least June, Supercars teams have already moved to combat the crisis, which continues to affect the medical industry.

Erebus Motorsport, which runs under the Penrite Racing banner, has worked alongside Supercars Medical Delegate Dr Carl Le to develop an e-aerosol box, which is now ready for distribution.

20 protective perspex boxes, which were designed – via the the team’s 3D printer – to protect healthcare workers from infected patients, were shipped out to hospitals and health care institutions on Tuesday.

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