Ford Australia is holding a speed comparison ‘lap battle’ between three of its race cars this weekend at Bathurst.
The cars which will hit The Mountain for a flat-out hot lap are the Ford GT IMSA racer driven by Ryan Briscoe, Ford’s Mustang GT4 race car which makes its Aussie debut, and the 23Red Racing FG X Falcon Supercar.
Supercars drivers Tony D’Alberto and Alex Davison will pilot the Mustang and Falcon respectively, Davison being the driver for the Falcon and older brother to two-time Bathurst winner Will.
The effort from Ford to mark this year’s Bathurst 1000 as a special event for the brand comes as the Blue Oval begins its transition from racing Falcons to Mustangs in the Supercars series.
“Falcon’s legacy at Bathurst is remarkable, and we know fans around the country, regardless of their allegiance, acknowledge this,” says Supercars CEO, Sean Seamer.
“From the sheer emotion of the 2006 race, which became the first of the three Falcon wins in a row, to Dick Johnson’s Tru-Blu XD and the mighty XY Phase III GT-HO, the Falcon has left an indelible mark in the history of this Great Race.”
With the Falcon claiming 14 of the 19 wins Ford has chalked up at Mt Panorama, Fords drivers will have their last chance to add another to that list.
“Getting an opportunity to pilot this car around Mount Panorama is massively exciting,” D’Alberto says.
“We’re making the change to Mustang in Supercars for 2019, so to be getting a run in that iconic shape around Bathurst a year early is a privilege.
“Allan Moffatt’s Trans-Am Mustang was a monster, and the GT4 is the modern version of that, so I can’t wait to feel and hear its thumping V8 bellowing up and down the Mountain.”
Davison echoes D’Alberto’s sentiments.
“It’s a great opportunity for our last Bathurst with the FG X Falcon to put it up against some of the fastest Fords in the world,” says Davison. “I feel really lucky – it’s an absolute privilege to be part of.”
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The action at The Mountain has already kicked off, with the support series and practice sessions having started this morning.