Ford Australia confirms continued FPR support
Ford Australia has confirmed continued support for Ford Performance Racing in the V8 Supercars.
“We are pleased to continue our association with FPR. We have always had a very strong and positive relationship with the team, its principals and its drivers, and we look forward to building on that,” said Ford Australia President and CEO Bob Graziano.
With Ford having announced plans to stop production of the Falcon model and overall production in Australia, speculation has been rife that the American manufacturer would pull out of V8 Supercars. With the confirmation to continue, FPR Executive Officer Tim Edwards is understandably pleased.
“Everyone at the team is of course very pleased to see our close relationship with Ford continue and to keep representing the company as its official factory team in V8 Supercars. Having Ford recommit to the team is obviously what we wanted. It has been a busy year for both parties with lots of changes in both of our businesses. The continuation means it is simply back to business as usual for everyone,” Edwards said.
Ford Performance Racing duo Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom are currently third and fourth respectively in the championship with four races remaining of the season. Davison was just recently confirmed to be replaced by Chaz Mostert for 2014.
The question of which Ford model to be used for future seasons is still open, with speculation focused on the two-door Mustang, a model requiring a regulation change by the V8 Supercars organisers.