Polites backs Prodrive
Polites backs Prodrive push to run a Ford racing team
WITH Holden Racing Team's Mark Skaife dominating the V8 Supercar championship, Mr Polites has backed the mooted move of Prodrive to run a Ford team next year.
Headquartered in the UK, Prodrive manages Subaru's World Rally Championship team and has numerous other motorsport interests. It acquired Tickford last year, including its Australian interests.
Prodrive has been linked with the 00 Motorsport team, which was created to run former Holden star Craig Lowndes and is owned by veteran touring car entrant Bob Forbes. It is believed Prodrive is also looking at other potential avenues into the championship.
"I'd have no issue with Prodrive coming in to run a V8 Supercar team," Mr Polites said.
"If they did, I think it would be great, but they would have to make up a business model. It would be as Prodrive, it would not be as a Tickford partnership with us. It would be as Prodrive coming in on their own."
Mr Polites said Prodrive would bring the same sort of expertise to Ford's V8 Supercar campaign that TWR delivered to HRT.
"Some increased technology, increased resources, the roll-down of Formula One and rally car learnings and a much larger engineering base," he said.
"I would then want to see - if they did it - some of those learnings and benefits passed on to the other Ford teams. I perhaps have a more socialistic view of their role than others might."
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