Six-time Supercars champions Walkinshaw Andretti United admits its title hopes are over ahead of the season’s halfway mark at this weekend’s Darwin Triple Crown.
Team drivers James Courtney (14th) and Scott Pye (16th) have endured disappointing 2019 campaigns and team boss Ryan Walkinshaw concedes their championship tilt is done.
But Walkinshaw said they’d turn their attention to the three big enduro events and could salvage their season by winning an eighth Bathurst title.
« For us, the priority is going to be working towards the enduro campaign where we’re traditionally pretty strong, » Walkinshaw told AAP.
« Bathurst is always the most-important race of the season, to be honest, and you can kind of not worry about not winning a championship when you win Bathurst, so that’s going to be our priority.
« We’re normally a lot stronger in the enduros than we are at the beginning of the season, for whatever reason, so we just have to do everything we can to replicate what we’ve done historically. »
Courtney finished eighth fastest in practice rounds on Friday, while Pye stopped the clock in 12th. Neither has won a race this season.
« At the end of the day, we’re not the No.1 Holden team this season so, until we are, we’re going to just focus internally on ourselves, » Walkinshaw said.
« Whenever you’re not winning, it’s frustrating. Of course it’s frustrating, it frustrates everyone but we’ve got to do the best job we can and eyes forward.
« I don’t think it’s ever panic stations; you have to work through these things systematically. »
Apart from Bathurst, the remaining enduro events are Gold Coast and Sandown.