Tom Walkinshaw Racing

Walkinshaw racing is an Australian motor racing team based in the Melborne suburb of Clayton. It was founded by a touring car racer Tom Walkinshaw as an auto racing team and engineering firm in 1976, in Kidlington, near Oxfrod, England. After the death of Tom Walkinshaw due to cancer, the racing organization has been operated by the Walkinshaw family. Initially, the company handled privateer work before entering works with manufacturers of racing cars such as Mazda and Rover. In 1987, there was a joint venture between Tom Walkinshaw and Holden Racing team to form Holden Special Vehicles. Walkinshaw racing was to run Holden’s motor sport programme, they were responsible for designing vehicles.

Walkinshaw’s Australian operation is the most successful in touring car/ V8 Supercars history, winning about eight championships, 10 Bathurst, 1000 victories and more than 250 all-time race wins with the likes of Mark Skaife, Peter Brock, Jason Bright, Todd Kelly, Greg Murphy, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander. They really enjoyed a rich history for over two decades when they were running joint venture as the Holden Racing Team and they were well-renowned in Australia.

Tom Walkinshaw racing started off by modifying the BMW 3.0 CSLs before moving on to head Mazda’s work program in the British Touring Car Championship. They developed RX-7 which was used to win titles in both 1980 and 1981. Thereafter, Walkinshaw racing prepared the award winning Range Rover for Rene Metge which was used to win the Dakar race in 1982. Also, they moved on to prepare the Jaguar XJS and Rover 3500 Vitesse for both the BTCC and European Touring Car Championship.

Walkinshaw racing was involved in Formula one for the first time in 1992, they were in the competition for about 10 years. Walkinshaw racing worked as Benetton’s engineering director, and was instrumental in developing the car that won the 1994 world championship title by Michael Schumacher. Also, in 1997 Walkinshaw racing worked with Kenny Roberts who has a racing motorcycle factory. Basically, Walkinshaw was enlisted to develop a three-cylinder two-stroke engine.

Walkinshaw up till now has always been involved in developing award winning racing cars. They’ve succeeded in working with a lot of companies to develop different racing cars. Walkinshaw racing worked with Mazda to develop the super RX-7, Rover to develop Range Rover, Porsche to develop WSC-95, Jaguar to develop XJ-S, XJR-6, XJR-8, XJR-9, XJR-9 IMSA and lots more. They also work with the likes of Holden to develop VL Commodore SS Group A SV.

Ever since existence, Walkinshaw racing has worked with a lot of drivers which most of them won several awards with their Supercars. In years to come, Walkinshaw racing would always emerge one of the best car racing organization in the country.