Ford saying nothing on V8 Supercar reports

DRIVER’S SEAT: Ford driver Mark Winterbottom leads the way during the final stages of the 2013 Bathurst 1000.
DRIVER’S SEAT: Ford driver Mark Winterbottom leads the way during the final stages of the 2013 Bathurst 1000. AAP

DESPITE roaring speculation it might quit its support for the V8 Supercars, Ford is refusing to discuss anything beyond the 2015 season.

A Ford spokesman said it was focused on the launch of its FGX Falcon at Mount Panorama this weekend, but would not comment on the growing chorus of claims that the V8 Supercar rivalry between Holden and Ford is finished, with Ford pulling the pin.

"As we've done in the past, we're not going to discuss our plants beyond (2015) until the appropriate time," he said.

"We're not talking about 2016 or anything beyond next year."

When asked why not simply deny the claims if Ford was keen to keep the blue oval racing at Bathurst, he said, "We don't comment on other's speculation".

"We've been planning all along to discuss our 2015 plans this weekend and that's what we're going to do," he said.

 

Ford to quit V8 Supercars, ending iconic rivalry

NEXT year will reportedly be the last time you will see Ford-backed team racing in the V8 Supercars.

News Limited is reporting Ford is planning to dump their $60 million sponsorship fund for V8 Supercars, ending the national rivalry of Ford versus Holden on Bathurst's Mount Panorama.

According to the reports, Ford is expected to quit the sport at the end of next year and will not renew a multi-million dollar deal with Bathurst champions Ford Performance Racing.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton told the Daily Telegraph that Ford was no longer listening.

"We have two teams who will race Ford in 2015 even if they will not be factory backed,'' he said.

Ford Performance Racing is understood to be still negotiating with Ford for support.



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