Ash Walsh will return to full time competition in 2016 taking the prized seat in the #777 Sonic Motor Racing Services Porsche GT 3 Cup Car. He will drive the 2015 Championship winning car of Nick Foster in this season’s championship. With backing confirmed from Bob Jane T- Marts, Walsh also continues with long time sponsor Infants’ Friend.
After stepping up from the Dunlop Series to a full time drive in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship, Walsh and his management undertook a review of all available options for 2016. The chance to team up with Michael Ritter and the very successful Sonic Team was a chance that was not to be passed up.
Ash Walsh commented on his move to Sonic, the Carrera Cup and his new partnership with Bob Jane T-Marts at the recent Winton test day.
“It has been a very good start to the year with the Bob Jane T-Marts Porsche. It does take some adjustment to the driving style, particularly from a V8 Supercar. It is probably closer to my days in open wheelers. There is definitely a transition period but the information and guidance Sonic have given me so far is second to none. The car is fantastic to drive.
“Our goal with the tests has been to get really comfortable with the car and learn the way the team operates. Hopefully we can hit the ground running at Round 1 at the Clipsal 500.
“The Carrera Cup is full of very talented guys with a great mix of young and regular Porsche drivers. You definitely can’t write anyone off, and the test days have given us some good measures on the field and where we need to push on.
“It is great to have Infants’ Friend back with me this year, and to have such an iconic brand as Bob Jane T-Marts as our naming right sponsor is awesome. It will be a big year for the Sonic Team and I hope I can deliver another Championship to Bob Jane T-Marts backing up Nick’s (Foster) win last year.” Walsh said
Bob Jane T-Marts CEO, Rodney Jane was also pleased to continue his long association with Sonic. “We have enjoyed some great years with the Porsche and DVS Championships with Michael, Maria and all the crew at the Sonic Team. In 2016 I am very happy to see Ash Walsh in the #777 Porsche. I raced against him in the DVS series and he is a very fast and committed young race driver. The Bob Jane T-Marts brand has enjoyed success in motor sport over many years and the Carrera Cup will once again be a showcase sponsorship for the company on a national basis.”