Customer Mustangs Make European RACING debut; FR500C CAPTURES WIN IN INAUGURAL GT4 EVENT
DEARBORN, Mich., May 10 – After successfully completing the homologation process for GT4 European Cup and FIA GT3 competition, the Mustang FR500C and Mustang FR500GT made their competition debuts this past weekend at Silverstone in Great Britain with the FR500C racing to victory.
The Multimatic-entered Mustang FR500C won the inaugural GT4 European Cup race on Sunday in the hands of driver Gunnar Jeannette, while a TopSpeed-entered FR500GT driven by Kenneth Heyer and Eric De Doncker finished 29th in GT3.
“We are very pleased that both of our Mustang race cars have completed the homologation process and now are officially in competition,” said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. “We’ve said from the start that this would be a customer program, and we believe both race cars will be very competitive in these series once the teams have time to work with them. To have the Mustang FR500C win its first race is just icing on the cake to the race weekend.”
Gunner Jeannette on the Podium at Silverstone
This victory marks the second time the FR500C has won its initial appearance in a professional racing series. The first came in the 2005 KONI Challenge Series (then known as Grand-Am Cup) season opener at Daytona International Speedway en route to capturing the series’ driver, team and manufacturer championships. This season, it has won all three KONI Challenge races and currently leads the driver, team and manufacturer standings.
The Mustang racing programs in Europe are strictly a customer-based venture, initiated by U.S.-based Ford Racing as an extension of its performance parts program. With the Ford Mustang only available for sale in North America, Ford’s European racing operations are aware of the program, however there is no involvement on its part.
For this effort, Ford Racing has once again partnered with Multimatic Motorsports, which assisted in the homologation process for both vehicles. Multimatic is the exclusive sales representative and distributor of homologated FR500GT and FR500C Mustangs for FIA GT3 and GT4 European Cup competition and is responsible for supplying spare parts and actively interfacing with teams and sanctioning bodies.