Ford has announced the 2019 Mustang Supercar has completed its first test laps at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, ahead of its official homologation for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season.
A partnership between DJR Team Penske, Ford Performance, Ford Australia and Tickford Racing, the 2019 Mustang was driven by DJR Team Penske driver, Scott McLaughlin.
“What an honour to be the guy to drive the very first laps of the new Mustang,” said McLaughlin following the test. “Not only does it just look right, and sound awesome, but it feels right too – in terms of balance, settings – we’re starting off a great base as we develop the car for next year.”
McLaughlin and fellow DJR Team Penske driver, Fabian Coulthard, shared driving responsibilities during testing around the 3.1-km layout.
Tickford Racing team principal, Tim Edwards, said the signs were positive. “It’s very early stages, but the car is shaping up extremely well, and we’re keen for the next test,” he said. “The Mustang resonates with fans, and we know that circulating won’t be enough – Mustang has to be gunning for race wins, championships and of course Bathurst, and everyone involved is working tirelessly to make this happen. It’s a great team effort.”
“The Mustang Supercar is absolutely amazing,” added Mark Rushbrook, Ford Performance Global Motorsports Director. “It joins the Mustang GT4, which we had the honour of showing at Bathurst this year, as well as our new NASCAR and NHRA Mustang in 2019. There’s a lot going on for Mustang, and to have the first Supercars test such a productive and rewarding step, fans have a lot to look forward to.”
The 2019 Ford Mustang Supercar will make its competition debut at the 2019 Adelaide 500, which takes place from February 29 – March 3, 2019.