The Ford Mustang’s racing pedigree is long and ever-growing. It has been a common contender in drag racing, road racing and endurance racing. But because of class regulations, the Mustang isn’t always an eligible entry despite it seeming to be a perfect fit for the racing class.
Such was the case with the revived Bathurst 6-Hour event at the Mount Panorama Circuit, revived earlier this year, which allowed cars such as the Holden Commodore Redline and Ford Falcon, but prohibited the newly global Mustang from racing. But Motorsports.au reports that event directed James O’Brien was lifted the restriction on Mustangs in the Aussie endurance event, citing growing interest from competitors.
“There has been demand for the Ford Mustang to be included on the eligibility list and we know of at least one team advanced in their plans to enter one in the race,” James told Motorsports.au. “Regardless, it is likely the car is going to be a popular addition to Production Car racing in the near future and we expect to see several of them on the grid.
With Ford having ended Falcon production in early October, the Mustang will soon be the only new production car from the Blue Oval eligible for the Bathurst 6 Hour. The race has its roots in a one-off event, the 1962 Bathurst 6-Hour Classic, and the Bathurst 12 Hour, which was held up until 2010. There are just eight entry slots left, however, and contestants wanting to enter a Mustang need to get their paperwork in order soon.
If the final eight slots fill up, however, it would be the largest grid at Mount Panorama, beating an existing record set back in 1969. Just another way Mustangs help make racing history.