Ford Mustang to take on Australian Supercars series from 2019

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Ford wouldn't be Ford if it didn't race.

Ford Performance has worked with a number of competition partners globally, including Chip Ganassi Racing in the World Endurance Championship with the Le Mans-winning Ford GT; and the Ford Fiesta with M-Sport, 2017 World Rally Champions and current leaders of the WRC.

The Ford Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500. Down Under in Australia, it's been well represented by the Falcon.

Ford pulled out of Australia's Supercars race series at the end of 2015 as the automaker's local division prepared to end production of its Falcon sedan, which served as the basis of Ford's entry in the thrilling touring vehicle series.

Rumours suggest the teams are hoping to have a development auto ready for demonstration laps at the 2018 Bathurst 1000, but team principals Ryan Story (DJR Team Penske) and Tim Edwards (Tickford) said it is too early in the program to put a timeline on the car's first appearance.


A flagship version of the popular Ranger is part of Ford Performance's new offering in Australia, launched in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Cars with two doors got the green light to race in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship under new Gen2 rules that helped Holden build a hatchback Commodore ZB. And they're not just any teams.

Dick Johnson, co-owner of DJR Team Penske, added, "Throughout the entire history of this team, we've never run anything but a Ford, and this announcement today is fantastic". The other is Tickford Racing, which previously raced under the Prodrive and Ford Performance banners, and last won the drivers' title in 2015.

"There's been a lot of speculation and calls for Mustang to be on the track", Whickman said, "and as a Ford Performance model that's raced around the world, it's fitting that Australia's most popular sports vehicle should be on our race tracks". Both are back on the grid this season with the Ford FG X Falcon.

"We're excited that the awesome Ranger Raptor, the Ford Performance super truck, will be our Official Recovery Vehicle at all Supercars Events later this year", Supercars CEO Sean Seamer said. "Fiesta ST shows the depth of enthusiast models that we're bringing to Australia, with everything from this hot hatch through to the Ranger Raptor", said Whickman.

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