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Gen3 Mustang turns first laps

10 Nov 2021
The Gen3 Ford Mustang has turned its first laps today at Queensland Raceway
2 mins by James Pavey
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The Gen3 Ford Mustang has turned its first laps today at Queensland Raceway.

The Mustang, which has been developed by Ford’s Homologation Team, Dick Johnson Racing, was sent out for its historic first run behind closed doors, piloted by Shell V-Power Racing’s 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 co-driver Alex Davison.

The Supercars’ technical and motorsport departments watched on from pit lane and on site in Sydney where the motorsport department is currently residing, with live streaming and data-sharing taking place throughout the day.

Live telemetry was streamed to both groups, as the Mustang was sent out for its first ever on-track test.

Supercars Head of Motorsport Adrian Burgess said it was an historic day for Gen3.

“It’s definitely been an exciting day for everyone at Supercars, and the rest of the Gen3 steering group, who have worked tirelessly to get to this point,” Burgess said.

“Warm up went well and once it was up and running, although not at full capacity, we worked through a number of technical issues using the live telemetry to focus on key factors we wanted to look at today.

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“There’s plenty of data we can take from today’s run that we will now analyse and work through for next time, but we are very pleased with how things went and look forward to the next phase of testing once the cars are revealed at Bathurst.

“I would like to thank Ford Performance, Perry, Mikey and rest of the team at DJR for all their efforts to date, as we all also look forward to also seeing the Camaro get its first run soon.

“This is the start of a long journey and a lot more hard work, but it’s a special day for Supercars and our fans.

“What we saw and heard today was exhilarating. Fans are in for something special when we unveil Gen3 in a few weeks’ time.

“It’s very exciting to know what’s in store, these cars will not disappoint.”

Both the Gen3 General Motors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang GT will be officially unveiled in a special ceremony on Friday, 3 December at Australia’s spiritual home of motorsport, Mount Panorama.

The Gen3 Supercars will carry out on-track exhibitions at events across Australia in 2022 before they begin officially hit the grid to begin racing in the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship.

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