Sunday, 29 October 2017 16:54

Editor’s note on #101: Fantastic Fords

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There may only be two Ford teams on the Supercars grid, no factory backing from Ford Australia and no FG X Falcon sold in showrooms yet the Blue Oval is having a standout season thanks to DJR Team Penske, ably supported by Prodrive Racing Australia.

In fact, years ending with a seven have been kind to the Blue Oval: in 1967 the Mustang won the title and the Falcon its first Bathurst; in 1977 there was the famed one-two formation Bathurst finish for Moffat Ford Dealers; in 1987 the Sierra debuted; in 1997 a second championship win for Glenn Seton; in 2007 a second consecutive Bathurst win for then Ford team Triple Eight; and in 2017 the rise of DJR Team Penske and a Ford manufacturers' championship win.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ford's greatest moment, V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101 looks back at the Allan Moffat-led formation finish with an exclusive interview with the Blue Oval hero in addition to a look at the other decade-on Ford achievements.

On the Holden side of the ledger, we check in on the progress of the new-generation Commodore and its turbo-charged engine with Triple Eight Race Engineering team boss Roland Dane. And over at Nissan Motorsport, we chat with Simona de Silvestro on her progress this season.

New Zealand drivers have led the way in Supercars in 2017. We investigate why the likes of Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard, Shane van Gisbergen and Richie Stanaway are hitting their strides all at once, while also looking back at the career of Kiwi great Greg Murphy.

Elsewhere, we profile the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500, touch base with Team 18, look back at Super Touring's manufacturer involvement and track the career of Alan Jones with extracts from his biography.

You'll also find the latest columns from Mark Winterbottom, Craig Lowndes and Garry Rogers, analysis of the key issues in Supercars and the top 10 driver-signature road cars.

Remember, V8X Supercar Magazine is also available in digital form in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table