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Courtney: New WR boss will bring results

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Wednesday 14th December, 2011 - 1:00am

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James Courtney

Holden Racing Team driver James Courtney

James Courtney says that the introduction of new Walkinshaw Racing managing director Steve Hallam will be a turning point for the factory Holden squad.

Hallam will take the top job at Walkinshaw Racing at the start of next month, overseeing both the Toll Holden Racing Team and the newly-branded Supercheap Auto Racing.

Hallam comes to Australia with a wealth of experience. He is currently the outgoing Executive Vice President of Competition for Michael Waltrip Racing in NASCAR, and prior to that was Head of Race Operations for McLaren Racing.

Courtney, who finished 10th in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship, told Speedcafe.com that Hallam’s presence will have a huge influence on the team.

“Steve Hallam is going to bring a massive injection of intelligence, history and credibility to the team,” Courtney said.

“I think he is going to have the biggest impact on our team for next year.”

Courtney with new Walkinshaw Racing managing director Steve Hallam

Courtney with new Walkinshaw Racing managing director Steve Hallam at Bathurst

After a mid-season management shake-up where former CEO Craig Wilson was ousted, the position at the head of the company has been vacant.

Courtney recognises that Hallam’s leadership skills will see the factory Holden team benefit greatly.

“That has been one thing that we’ve been struggling with and we haven’t had a strong figurehead,” Courtney said.

“Steve will definitely grab that with both hands and run with it.

“I’m very excited going into next year;. The car has come on really well and Steve is going to take us to the next level.”

In other team news, Walkinshaw Racing is conducting its final ride day for the year at Phillip Island today.

Regular drivers Garth Tander, James Courtney, Fabian Coulthard and Nick Percat will be joined by endurance driver Cameron McConville and Italian race driver Max Papis.

Papis drove Tander’s Toll HRT Commodore (with Percat’s #222 on the windows) at Winton on Monday. CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s story and video.

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