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Bathurst-Winner Dick Johnson To Debut Special Edition Ford Mustang At Mount Panorama As Ford Teams Gear Up For The Great Race
08/10/2019

Melbourne, 8 October, 2019 – Australian motor racing icon Dick Johnson will drive a special edition Ford Mustang in a three-car contest in the lead up to the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event. The three-time winner of the famous endurance race – and the last to race a Ford Mustang competitively at the event – will take on the 6.213km Mount Panorama layout in a yet-to-be announced special edition Ford Mustang in a three-Mustang Mountain Challenge celebrating the Mustang’s return to the legendary endurance race.

“We can’t wait for Mustang’s return to Bathurst in 2019, and what better way to celebrate than have a legend like Dick Johnson show off a pretty special new edition,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand.

Johnson, who raced a Ford Mustang in the Bathurst race in 1985 and 1986, was also the first to drive a Mustang Supercar at an official Supercars race meeting in 2019, driving the Ford Performance-liveried Mustang at the Adelaide 500 event in February.

“Norm Beechey is one of my heroes and he drove a Mustang to its first ever win anywhere in the world on a race track right here in Australia in 1965,” Johnson said. “Mustangs have a very special place in history both on and off the race track and to be able to drive this new special edition at Bathurst is a great honour for me. I’m looking forward to giving it plenty!”

“Bathurst is one of the best race tracks in the world. The Mustang will be right at home there both in Supercars race trim and in this special edition too,” concluded Johnson.

The Mustang Mountain Challenge will take place on the Friday of the Bathurst race week, with a second and final run on Saturday, and broadcast during the Bathurst telecasts on Foxtel and Network 10, as well as the global feed on race day, 13 October, 2019.

While details of Johnson’s Mustang are yet to be revealed – along with the identity of his Mustang competitors – Ford today offered a sneak peek across its social media channels (#FordMustang), with the full details to be confirmed in Sydney this Wednesday, 9 October.

The Ford Performance Mustang Supercar was homologated for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship through a partnership between Ford Performance, the Shell V-Power Racing Team and Tickford Racing.

After 11 rounds of the 2019 season, Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin leads the 2019 Drivers’ Championship in the #17 Mustang, fittingly having clocked up a record-beating 17 race wins, with 3008 points, with Chaz Mostert third in the overall standings on 2327 points in the Supercheap Auto Tickford Ford Mustang. Fabian Coulthard is fourth (2317 points) for the Shell V-Power Racing Team, Cameron Waters seventh (1975) for Monster Energy Tickford Racing, Will Davison ninth (1811) for Milwaukee Racing, and Lee Holdsworth tenth (1704 points) for Bottle-O Tickford Racing.

Shell V-Power Racing Team leads the Teams’ Championship on 5265 points, with The Bottle-O/Supercheap Auto Tickford Racing third (3981) and Monster Energy/Milwaukee Racing combo fifth (3706).

Round 12 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take place between 10–13 October at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, New South Wales. Tickets can be purchased via supercars.com.au

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Melbourne, 8 October, 2019 – Australian motor racing icon Dick Johnson will drive a special edition Ford Mustang in a three-car contest in the lead up to the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 event. The three-time winner of the famous endurance race – and the last to race a Ford Mustang competitively at the event – will take on the 6.213km Mount Panorama layout in a yet-to-be announced special edition Ford Mustang in a three-Mustang Mountain Challenge celebrating the Mustang’s return to the legendary endurance race.

“We can’t wait for Mustang’s return to Bathurst in 2019, and what better way to celebrate than have a legend like Dick Johnson show off a pretty special new edition,” said Kay Hart, President and CEO, Ford Australia and New Zealand.

Johnson, who raced a Ford Mustang in the Bathurst race in 1985 and 1986, was also the first to drive a Mustang Supercar at an official Supercars race meeting in 2019, driving the Ford Performance-liveried Mustang at the Adelaide 500 event in February.

“Norm Beechey is one of my heroes and he drove a Mustang to its first ever win anywhere in the world on a race track right here in Australia in 1965,” Johnson said. “Mustangs have a very special place in history both on and off the race track and to be able to drive this new special edition at Bathurst is a great honour for me. I’m looking forward to giving it plenty!”

“Bathurst is one of the best race tracks in the world. The Mustang will be right at home there both in Supercars race trim and in this special edition too,” concluded Johnson.

The Mustang Mountain Challenge will take place on the Friday of the Bathurst race week, with a second and final run on Saturday, and broadcast during the Bathurst telecasts on Foxtel and Network 10, as well as the global feed on race day, 13 October, 2019.

While details of Johnson’s Mustang are yet to be revealed – along with the identity of his Mustang competitors – Ford today offered a sneak peek across its social media channels (#FordMustang), with the full details to be confirmed in Sydney this Wednesday, 9 October.

The Ford Performance Mustang Supercar was homologated for the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship through a partnership between Ford Performance, the Shell V-Power Racing Team and Tickford Racing.

After 11 rounds of the 2019 season, Shell V-Power Racing Team driver Scott McLaughlin leads the 2019 Drivers’ Championship in the #17 Mustang, fittingly having clocked up a record-beating 17 race wins, with 3008 points, with Chaz Mostert third in the overall standings on 2327 points in the Supercheap Auto Tickford Ford Mustang. Fabian Coulthard is fourth (2317 points) for the Shell V-Power Racing Team, Cameron Waters seventh (1975) for Monster Energy Tickford Racing, Will Davison ninth (1811) for Milwaukee Racing, and Lee Holdsworth tenth (1704 points) for Bottle-O Tickford Racing.

Shell V-Power Racing Team leads the Teams’ Championship on 5265 points, with The Bottle-O/Supercheap Auto Tickford Racing third (3981) and Monster Energy/Milwaukee Racing combo fifth (3706).

Round 12 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take place between 10–13 October at Mount Panorama, Bathurst, New South Wales. Tickets can be purchased via supercars.com.au

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 196,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit www.corporate.ford.com