Mustangs top best livery poll for 2019

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 07/03/2019
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Shell V-Power Racing led home Monster Energy Racing in a Ford Mustang one-two on Sunday at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

And it was the same result in Supercars.com’s annual best livery poll, following votes from more than 33,000 fans.

The Shell V-Power scheme scored 26% of the votes to be comfortably clear of Cameron Waters’ Monster Energy version, on 17%.

Notably, the Shell and Monster liveries are almost unchanged from last year, when they were run on the respective teams' FG X Falcons.

The one-two poll result for the Mustangs comes amid continued debate about the look of Supercars’ first two-door entrant.

In addition to the need to fit the roof over the control chassis, a low nose and large rear wing – both designed with performance in mind – have proven polarising.

Speaking in a Ford press conference in Adelaide, Tickford boss Tim Edwards referenced the online poll results, taking it as a sign that public sentiment towards the car has changed.

“I think the public have changed their view,” he said.

“What was displayed to them late last year in the camo livery achieved what manufacturers want with a camo livery, it hid all those styling cues for the car.

“Now we’ve actually seen the thing in the flesh, the public has spoken and they’re the two best looking racecars on the track.”

Holden runners Penrite Racing (13%), the Red Bull Holden Racing Team (11%) and Mobil 1 MEGA Racing (10%) rounded out the top five in the Supercars.com poll.

Rick Kelly’s Castrol scheme, which is closely-based on the 2018 poll winner, was behind Matt Stone Racing in seventh, and again the top Nissan.

The remaining Mustang schemes from Milwaukee Racing, Supercheap Auto Racing and The Bottle-O Racing ended up ninth, 10th and 12th respectively.

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