Photo: CoolDrive Racing Team

BRT reveals first Gen3 Mustang

The Blanchard Racing Team has become the first Supercars team to unveil the Gen3 car that it will use for the 2023 season.

Although development cars have been seen on track for some time, Todd Hazelwood’s CoolDrive Racing entry is the first Gen3 car owned and built by a team to appear, with the Ford Mustang conducting a shakedown session at Winton Raceway.

Team owner Tim Blanchard completed the first run behind the wheel before handing over to Hazelwood.

“The new BRT001 in its striking CoolDrive Auto Parts colours looks amazing,” Hazelwood said.

“The metallic blue paint really makes the finish of the car look super professional, and it looks fast just sitting still.

“The team here at BRT have done a superb job with the build of this brand new Mustang. They have aimed for perfection in every aspect, and when you look closely at the car, you can truly see the attention to detail.

“I’m working harder than ever to ensure the long hours, late nights and commitment this team has made will be rewarded with some great results in 2023.

“I’m sure the Ford fans will love our blue CoolDrive Mustang, and I’m keen to continue with the testing and development programme.”

Supercars Head of Motorsport Adrian Burgess and engine head Craig Hasted were also on hand for the historic run-out, with further teams set to take to the track in the next week to put mileage on their own cars.

“We commend Tim Blanchard and his team for their efforts to get to this point and begin the next phase of their Gen3 journey,” Supercars CEO Shane Howard said.

“Gen3 is the biggest change in the history of our sport, and to see the first of 25 Supercars on track, unveiled in its racing colours this morning, is an exciting moment.

“This is the first shakedown and livery reveal from the Supercars teams, and more will follow over coming days, which is great news for fans as we continue the countdown to their racing debut in March.”