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Sunday, 25 March 2018 19:04

Analysis: No support but more Fords on the grid


Ford has the highest number of Falcons on the Supercars grid in the Car of the Future era with race-winning DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing FG Xs handed down to customer teams, despite the lack of factory support and retirement of the Falcon road-car model, as analysed in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #103.

Issue #103 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available 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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More than a year since the last Falcon rolled off the production line and the nameplate was officially retired, the number of Falcons in Supercars is at an all-time high in the Car of the Future era in 2018.

Matt Stone Racing and 23 Red Racing (formerly Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport) run ex-DJR Team Penske and Prodrive Racing Australia (now known as Tickford Racing) FG X Falcons in 2018, taking the number of Falcons on the grid to eight entries across four teams.

Matt Stone Racing and 23 Red Racing also be able to tap into a technical relationship with the established Ford outfits, with the former running an ex-Scott McLaughlin FG X for Todd Hazelwood and the latter running the Sandown 500-winning FG X of Cameron Waters/Richie Stanaway for Will Davison.

The addition of the two extra Falcons on the grid helps address the imbalance in entries per make in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, with Holden dropping to 14 entries from 16 alongside the eight Falcons and four Nissan Altimas.

Businessman Phil Munday completed the takeover of Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport at the end of 2017, moving to new premises in Melbourne and hiring former Holden Racing Team manager Rob Crawford.

“It will be a big change from being a major sponsor to team owner and I’m looking forward to bringing a fresh, modern team to the grid,” says Munday.

Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s second Racing Entitlements Contract moves to Tickford Racing, with the license owned by Jason Bright and run at Prodrive/Tickford last season leased to Matt Stone Racing for 2018.

Matt Stone Racing won the Super2 title with Hazelwood in 2017, with Jason Gommersall and James Rosenberg adding their support to team boss Matt Stone, son of former Stone Brothers Racing co-owner Jim Stone.

“The success we achieved with Todd and the team in 2017 demonstrates we are more than ready to make this exciting transition,” says Stone.

“The Matt Stone Racing team have tasted success in each category we have competed in and it is very special to see our team on the main-series grid.”

Ford outfits retain their competitiveness in Supercars despite the Blue Oval withdrawing factory funding at the end of 2015.

Ford won the Supercars manufacturers’ championship for the first time since 2009 (when Triple Eight last ran Falcons before switching to Holdens) last season.

DJR Team Penske was also the first Ford team since Triple Eight in 2008 to win the Supercars teams’ championship, while Prodrive Racing Australia’s Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen gave Ford its first Pirtek Endurance Cup win in 2017.

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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