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V8 SLEUTH is delighted to welcome Ford Australia as presenting partner of its website’s event coverage of this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.

The event, to be held from Tuesday November 30 to Sunday December 5, will be the biggest Bathurst 1000 in history with the Repco Supercars Championship’s 1000-kilometre classic joined by a huge support cast of categories in a six-day feast of motorsport action.

Also on the bill will be Dunlop Super2/Super3, Porsche Carrera Cup, TCR Australia, S5000, Toyota GAZOO 86 Racing Series, Touring Car Masters, V8 SuperUtes, Australian GT and Trans Am.

Ford Australia will partner with V8 Sleuth to present its on-the-ground event coverage of this year’s ‘Great Race’ for the entire race week.

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Its involvement includes taking naming rights of the site’s Live Updates feed of all Supercars sessions, significant site branding during race week and inclusion in the popular V8 Sleuth Podcast Powered by Repco.

V8 Sleuth’s editorial team will be led on-site at the event by award-winning journalists Stefan Bartholomeus and Will Dale.

Ford will actively promote its soon-to-be-launched Next-Generation Ranger via its presenting partnership with V8 Sleuth.

The Next-Gen Ranger will be revealed to the Australian and New Zealand market on November 24, the week prior to this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000.

“Firstly, we welcome Ford for this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000,” says V8 Sleuth MD Aaron Noonan.

“V8 Sleuth reaches a significant, ever-growing audience via the website, its loyal and strong social media following and significant podcast audience. 

“All eyes are on Mount Panorama in Bathurst 1000 week and V8 Sleuth is where fans can keep up to date with what’s happening at the biggest motorsport event of the season.”

Ben Nightingale, Ford Australia Product Communications Manager, says that the partnership for the biggest motorsport week of the year is a logical one. 

“The Bathurst 1000 is a massive part of the Australian motorsport landscape and this year’s race promises to be one of the biggest events ever at the Mountain,” he says.

“Partnering with the V8 Sleuth team for Bathurst makes great sense for us. It’s an online destination that fans know and trust for their motorsport information and event coverage.

“Ford’s history at Bathurst is deep and V8 Sleuth are the experts in bringing Australian motorsport history and heritage to life.”

Ford’s success at Bathurst includes 20 wins in the ‘Great Race’, the most recent in 2019 with DJR Team Penske and drivers Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat won the 2019 Bathurst 1000, the last time Ford conquered The Great Race. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Its first win in the classic race came the first time it was held at Bathurst in 1963 when Bob Jane and Harry Firth drove a Cortina GT to victory.

A total of eight Mustangs GTs will tackle this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 – two cars from Dick Johnson Racing, three from Tickford Racing, one from Blanchard Racing Team and two from Kelly Grove Racing.

This year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 is due to have its latest-ever start time, 12.15pm local time. 

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