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Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:54

Editor’s note on #101: Fantastic Fords


There may only be two Ford teams on the Supercars grid, no factory backing from Ford Australia and no FG X Falcon sold in showrooms yet the Blue Oval is having a standout season thanks to DJR Team Penske, ably supported by Prodrive Racing Australia.

In fact, years ending with a seven have been kind to the Blue Oval: in 1967 the Mustang won the title and the Falcon its first Bathurst; in 1977 there was the famed one-two formation Bathurst finish for Moffat Ford Dealers; in 1987 the Sierra debuted; in 1997 a second championship win for Glenn Seton; in 2007 a second consecutive Bathurst win for then Ford team Triple Eight; and in 2017 the rise of DJR Team Penske and a Ford manufacturers' championship win.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ford's greatest moment, V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101 looks back at the Allan Moffat-led formation finish with an exclusive interview with the Blue Oval hero in addition to a look at the other decade-on Ford achievements.

On the Holden side of the ledger, we check in on the progress of the new-generation Commodore and its turbo-charged engine with Triple Eight Race Engineering team boss Roland Dane. And over at Nissan Motorsport, we chat with Simona de Silvestro on her progress this season.

New Zealand drivers have led the way in Supercars in 2017. We investigate why the likes of Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway are hitting their strides all at once, while also looking back at the career of Kiwi great Greg Murphy.

Elsewhere, we profile the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500, touch base with Team 18, look back at Super Touring's manufacturer involvement and track the career of Alan Jones with extracts from his biography.

You'll also find the latest columns from Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers, analysis of the key issues in Supercars and the top 10 driver-signature road cars.

Remember, V8X Supercar Magazine is also available in digital form in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 20-23
Melbourne 400 March 12-15
Tyrepower Tasmania Super400  April 3-5
ITM Auckland Super400 April 24-26
PIRTEK Perth SuperNight May 15-17
Truck Assist Winton Super400 June 5-7
Watpac Townsville 400 June 26-28
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown July 17-19
Sydney SuperNight August 28-30
OTR The Bend 500 September 18-20
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 8-11
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 Oct. 30-Nov. 1
Penrite Oil Sandown Super400  November 20-22
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 December 4-6



1. Scott McLaughlin
2. Jamie Whincup
261 -27
3. Chaz Mostert
234 -54
4. Cameron Waters
231 -57
5. Will Davison
231 -57
6. David Reynolds
210 -78
7. Lee Holdsworth
171 -117
8. Mark Winterbottom
162 -126
9. Fabian Coulthard
162 -126
10. Rick Kelly
150 -138

Full championship standings