The Holden squad has unveiled its complete Bathurst line-up for 2020, with Caruso becoming a member of recent from a two-year stint as an enduro driver at Tickford Racing, and James Golding retained for a second enduro marketing campaign.
The pairings, nevertheless, are but to be made official, leaving which of the co-drivers will companion Mark Winterbottom and Scott Pye open for now.
The Caruso deal leaves Dean Fiore, who partnered Pye to a nice sixth at Bathurst final 12 months, and not using a Group 18 seat this 12 months.
Caruso and Fiore have their very own Bathurst historical past, the pair having tackled the Nice Race collectively 5 instances throughout Caruso’s Nissan Motorsport stint.
In line with Caruso the Group 18 transfer was a no brainer, notably because the squad appears to be like to construct on a promising 2020 marketing campaign by bolstering its engineering shares.
“Once you come right here and see how the crew operates and the progress being made behind the scenes, it was a chance I couldn’t refuse,” mentioned Caruso.
“[Team owner] Charlie [Schwerkolt] may be very motivated about his motor racing, he’s been very profitable up to now, he understands what it takes to attain that success and you’ll see what he’s constructing with the blokes and ladies right here within the crew.
“Once you have a look at the names which might be right here, you’ve obtained Phil Keed and now with Richard Hollway becoming a member of, it’s an incredible management group with Steve Henderson as Group Supervisor as effectively – you possibly can see everybody within the core group will get alongside and I believe that’s an important half to all of it.
“I’m locked away to race TCR for the following two years, which is fairly thrilling as a result of that retains me actively driving, however I will probably be keenly watching the boys right here at Group 18, and hopefully being part of the crew all year long to grasp how they work so once I roll as much as Bathurst, we’re able to go.”
Golding, who completed eighth at Bathurst alongside Winterbottom final 12 months, mentioned that persevering with with a aggressive crew is essential to his aim of a full-time Supercars return.
“The crew’s persevering with to [become] stronger race-on-race and that’s what you search for as a driver, you wish to be with a crew with that form of perspective and development,” he mentioned.
“It’s nice to see some new folks onboard and a few very skilled folks at that. I’ve labored with Richard Hollway and Michael Caruso up to now and I get alongside effectively with each of them.
“I’ve the final word focus of getting again in a full-time seat. Sadly nothing lined up for 2021, however that continues to be my focus, and I believe Group 18 is a good platform to point out what I can do in addition to racing the S5000 to maintain my title on the market.
“It’s all about being in the suitable place on the proper time, and I believe Group 18 is the suitable place to point out what I can do as a driver and I hope to profit from this chance.”