Earlier, we reported that Ford Mustang Race Teams sat out at the SCCA World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio as an act of protest, and the series has now spoken out regarding the issue.
No surprises here, but the SCCA is taking a diplomatic approach to the issue stating that it’ll take everything into consideration. However, the series does clearly state that it feels that the Mustangs are competitive as they are now. WC Vision President and CEO Scott Bove reiterated that Geoff Carter, Director of Competition for the Pirelli World Challenge, have met at length with the Mustang teams and have explained the technical rulings.
But he did add that the technical department collects plenty of data from each race from rate of acceleration to cornering performance and rate of deceleration. The SCCA World Challenge believes that the Mustang Boss 302 is among the fastest GTS cars in both acceleration and speed, but needs further development under braking.
Bove did emphasize that the Mustangs have had two victories this season, including seven podium and 15 top-five finishes. But of course that’s not what the Mustang racers are denying – they know their vehicles are successful and fast, it’s the limitations that were recently placed that have hindered the performance and reliability they need to succeed.
“As we have done all year, the data garnered from each of the cars at Mid-Ohio will be evaluated in the 72 hours after the event. Any positive or negative adjustments to enhance parity in each of the classes will be made at least seven days prior to the 2012 season finale in Sonoma at the end of the month,” said Bove.