McLaughlin Mustang set for extortion


Scott McLaughlin's new Ford Mustang Supercar will arrive on the track for the first time at Ipswich on Thursday and have a Red Bull Holden as a company.

Shell V-Power Racing and the Red Bull Holden Racing Team will hold new shakes at Queensland Raceway with McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup respectively.

It will mark the first time that Mustang and ZB Commodore have met on a race track, with two cars scheduled to perform 60km, according to the shakedown rules.

The shakedowns will take place before the official day of testing at Phillip Island on February 14, where the full field will be in action.

The prototype of the DJRTP car was used for the launch of Ford

The Shell team is currently in the final stages of preparation for the new McLaughlin car, while the work also continues to convert Fabian Coulthard's 2018 Falcon into a Mustang.

The initial Mustang development and homologation test last year was conducted with another converted Falcon, which was used for Ford's launch in Australia on Tuesday.

This car will be Shell V-Power Racing's spare part for the season, as well as being used by Ford for ongoing promotional purposes.

McLaughlin's new car will debut on Thursday in white and without sponsor logos, prior to the launch of the uniform in Melbourne on Monday.

Triple Triple E Eight

Red Bull unveiled its 2019 decoration in January

Three Triple Eight cars are scheduled to race at Queensland Raceway on Thursday with their two Dunlop Super2 Series registrations joining the Whincup car on the rails.

Youngsters Kurt Kostecki and Brenton Grove will play in the second division for Triple Eight this season, having previously led Triple Eight VFs to their respective home teams.

Whincup says he is looking forward not only to shake up his new car, but also to help Super2 pilots settle in.

"The Super2 program is a big change for our team, not running a third car but two Super2 cars," he said.

"I'll try to help these guys as much as I can during the year; they are part of the family. "

Rookie rained

Macauley Jones

Meanwhile, Macauley Jones, graduating from Super2, will not enjoy a day of pre-Phillip Island testing at Brad Jones Racing's CoolDrive Commodore.

A rookie test planned in Winton on Tuesday was rained and has now been rescheduled for February 20.

Jones arrives at the main game this year in place of Tim Blanchard and must be one of two rookies on the field, with Garry Jacobson about to join Kelly Racing.

Tickford Racing had joined BJR on Monday for a Super2 test with Thomas Randle but also opted to pull the pin due to wet weather.


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