Parity standoff casts shadow over supercars

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Ford’s Push for Aero Balance

Ford teams at Mount Panorama have arrived with parts to modify the Mustang’s front bar, seeking to address alleged disparities between the Mustang and the Camaro. The proposed changes aim to shift the aero balance and reduce drag, key concerns for the upcoming Bathurst 1000.

Hopes Dwindling for Ford

With practice sessions looming within 24 hours, the prospects of the proposed changes gaining approval are fading for Ford teams. While no official rejection has been announced, GM teams are vehemently opposing further modifications to the Mustang before comprehensive wind tunnel testing.

Critical Role of GM Teams

The outcome hinges on GM teams’ agreement, as these changes would bypass an official parity review. Sources suggest that a majority, if not all, Chevrolet teams must consent to the modifications for Supercars to approve them within existing regulations.

Meetings between Supercars and GM personnel and Supercars and Ford personnel have transpired throughout the day, leaning towards the rejection of changes. Ford is engaged in last-minute efforts to sway the decision, creating a tense atmosphere in the paddock. Speculations, including the possibility of a Ford team boycott, have emerged, although obligations under the Teams Racing Charter complicate such actions.