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Ford and GM sign-off on Gen3 parity

SUPERCARS has announced the long-awaited formal homologation of its Gen3 cars, clearing the way for racing to take place at this weekend’s Newcastle 500.

Championship officials, in conjunction with homologation teams Dick Johnson Racing and Triple Eight, last week headed to Temora Aerodrome for last-minute parity testing.

That has led to a tweak for the Camaro, effectively shifting aero balance forward, to better match the Mustang.

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Supercars has now declared parity has been agreed upon – although its communications make no mention of specific changes applied post-Temora – and there’s no guarantees that further tweaks won’t be implemented, if necessary.

“As part of upholding the integrity of the championship, all parties will continue to work together to review data and the relative performance of our new vehicles,” said category CEO Shane Howard.

“This is a pre-requisite for the ongoing success of the category, which falls under the parity review system which has been in place for more than 20 years.

“The homologation teams, manufacturer representatives and Supercars worked in partnership to achieve this goal, resulting in over 2200km of running, undertaken across both brands during the VCAT validation testing last week.

“The Temora testing provided all parties with a high level of confidence, and we now look forward to the Thrifty Newcastle 500 this weekend with a completely reset and re-energised championship.

“We are excited to begin the next chapter of our sport this weekend at the Thrifty Newcastle 500, and building upon our reputation as what is arguably the world’s best touring car championship.”

It was Ford which had raised persistent concerns around the parity situation, but DJR guru and Gen3 Mustang chief designer Perry Kapper expressed satisfaction from the Blue Oval’s side.

The #17 Shell V-Power Mustang runs ahead of the #97 Red Bull Ampol Camaro at Queensland Raceway. Pic: Matthew Paul Photography

“Our thanks go to Supercars and everyone involved for their commitment and effort in the Gen3 development process,” said Kapper.

“We will continue to work with Supercars throughout the year for any additional updates.

“The aerodynamic testing last week, and the adjustments made, give us confidence that we can go to the first event in Newcastle with our Ford Mustangs ready to fight, to see the cars grid up and hear the revs rise, before the lights go out on this new chapter in Supercars’ history.”

Triple Eight technical director Jeromy Moore added: “During the entire VCAT validation at Temora, the two homologation teams and Supercars staff worked very well together, in an open and collaborative manner, to achieve the common goal.

“With over 70 runs and throughout the four days we have confidence we have come away with cars equal in measured downforce and drag.

“Now it’s time to go racing and may the best team win.”

Practice at the Thrifty Newcastle 500 begins on Friday.

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