Mustang's show of force ahead of debut

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 27/02/2019
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

The six Ford Mustangs and their respective drivers have united ahead of the famous nameplate's Supercars debut on the streets of Adelaide.

The Shell V-Power Racing and Tickford Racing entries assembled for a photoshoot on the circuit’s front-straight ahead of Thursday’s opening Superloop Adelaide 500 practice.

Mustang’s debut also marks the official return to the championship of Ford, which played a key role in the new car’s development.

Ford’s Mustang promotion in Adelaide will include an on-track demonstration, where its Supercar, NASCAR and road car will take to the circuit together.

Reigning Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin will drive the road car in the demo and is expected to lead the Mustang charge in the event proper.

McLaughlin is joined in Mustangs by team-mate Fabian Coulthard and Tickford quartet Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison.

“It’s awesome, I’m very excited for Ford to be back in the sport with us,” McLaughlin said on the Adelaide grid.

“I guess in some ways for our team it’s even more special, because we’re the factory team as such.

“It’s very cool. We’re excited to really represent that brand.”

All six Mustangs featured in the top 10 during the recent Phillip Island test, including sweeping the top three through Waters, Coulthard and Mostert.

While the Mustang’s looks and performance have both been the subject of much discussion in the lead-up to Adelaide, McLaughlin is looking forward to kicking off the season.

Leading Commodore runners the Red Bull Holden Racing Team had a quiet test, but are expected to be on the pace in Adelaide.

“There’s a lot of banter going on between the two makes,” McLaughlin added.

“You always have that rivalry, which is great, but I’m just really excited to get into it and show how fast it is.”

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