Former WAU leader joins CoolDrive
Saturday 16th October, 2021 - 4:28pm
Former Walkinshaw Andretti United co-team principal Mathew Nilsson has joined the Blanchard family organisation.
Nilsson exited WAU in July last year, leaving Bruce Stewart as the squad’s sole front man (its famous owners/directors aside).
Nilsson this year started afresh at Dutton EMA Motorsport as team manager, helping launch its Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia programme, as well as one in Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia Powered by AWS to be spearheaded by Cameron Waters.
Speedcafe.com recently learnt he’d moved on to a new opportunity, and it’s now become evident that CoolDrive Auto Parts is his new employer.
Although not directly placed in associated Supercars Championship outfit Blanchard Racing Team, Nilsson will bring extensive prowess to the company.
He has been appointed to the position of business development manager – performance.
“We had Racer Industries join CoolDrive earlier this year with Ryan McLeod, and it’s a real focus for CoolDrive, the performance and motorsport product offering,” Tim Blanchard explained to Speedcafe.com. “So having someone of Mat’s experience is just further bolstering that product range for us.”
Asked if there’s any provision for Nilsson to work with the Supercars outfit, especially if future expansion plans come to fruition: “Everyone at CoolDrive, it’s all one business, we all work together.
“His role is not directly BRT, but the way BRT works is that everyone in the business is involved in it in some way, shape or form, and given his background and experience, it would be silly to ignore it.
“But Brendan [Hogan, team manager] and Mirko [De Rosa, engineer] are employed to run the race team and we’ll be keeping him very busy in his role with the performance products.
“So we’ll be using his experience but that’s not what he is there for.”
Nilsson worked for Walkinshaw Racing/WAU from 2003 to 2020, excluding a three-year period in the middle at Ford Performance Racing.
BRT driver Tim Slade is 17th in the Supercars Championship standings, with racing to resume in a fortnight at Sydney Motorsport Park.