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Newcastle, March 12, 2023: A first-up win has given the Ford Mustang GT a perfect start to the Gen3 era in the Australian Supercars Championship.
It was the first victory in the motorsport career of the new seventh-generation Mustang, which will eventually become Ford’s competition spearhead in NASCAR and NHRA drag racing in the USA, as well as international GT3 and GT4 sportscar competition.
Cam Waters of Tickford Racing was victorious in the first of twin 250-kilometre races on the streets of Newcastle, with Chaz Mostert second on both days for the Walkinshaw Andretti United squad which is the newest recruit to the blue oval brand.
Mostert’s speed and consistency means he is the early leader in the 2023 Supercars championship ahead of David Reynolds, from Grove Racing, who took a pole position and a podium.
A total of 11 all-new Ford Mustangs from five different teams started the Gen3 era in Supercars, powered by a 5.4-litre version of the Ford Coyote engine, wrapped in bodywork that closely mirrors the legendary road-going car.
Global Director of Motorsport for Ford Performance, Mark Rushbrook, was in the Supercars pitlane to oversee the global debut of the new Ford Mustang and also joined the victory celebrations.
“It’s great for the sport to have the new cars and the energy around that. It’s going to be
an exciting season,” said Rushbrook.
“Newcastle is a great city, and a great festival atmosphere here at the race. A lot of passionate fans, which we love about Supercars. Seeing the cars on track was a great statement for the sport.
“I’m so happy to be here. I love Supercars,” said Mr Rushbrook.
Stephen Grove, Grove Racing
Tim Edwards, Tickford Racing
Bruce Stewart, Walkinshaw Andretti United
Tim Blanchard, Team CoolDrive
Ben Croke, Dick Johnson Racing
The Supercars Championship will continue in Melbourne from March 30 to April 2, with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park.
Chaz Mostert, 1st
Cam Waters, 3rd
David Reynolds, 4th
Matt Payne, 12th
Todd Hazelwood, 14th
Will Davison, 16th
Anton De Pasquale, 17th
Thomas Randle, 19th
James Courtney, 20th
Declan Fraser, 24th
Nick Percat, 25th
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