Die-hard Ford fans find silver lining post Bathurst
Fri, 15 Oct 2010 2:02p.m.
By Greg Robertson
There wasn’t much to smile about for Ford fans, but the fanatics have remained faithful.
It may have been a clean sweep for Holden at the Bathurst 1000 last weekend, but Ford fans are keeping the faith. In fact, they’re almost creating it.
One such fan – who hasn’t missed a Bathurst since “Adam was a cowboy” – is Grant Wilkinson of Kerikeri. He kitted himself out in his Ford gear, and was a 'little' distraught after the race. But nearly a week later, he’s found a way to provide some solace.
“They may have won but how many of them didn’t finish?”
Wilkinson says that despite the heavy defeat by Holden over the last few Bathurst races, Ford is still number one in his books and other Ford fanatics out there.
“You live the faith, it doesn’t leave you cause Holden has been a bit lucky recently,” he said.
Call it creative accounting – and Holden supporters will definitely call it that – but when Jim Beam Racing’s entry of James Courtney and Warren Luff in their Falcon FG are the only Ford to feature in this year’s top 5, then creative accounting is called for he says.
“Percentage-wise, a lot more of them (Holden) didn’t make it than us (Ford). Ford is way more reliable,” says Wilkinson.
Of the 30 entrants in the race, 11 were Ford (37%) and 19 Holden (63%). Three Holdens (75%) failed to finish the race of four cars (Ford 25%).
“See, the numbers don’t lie…more Holdens came up short than the percentage they had in the race. You can rely on a Ford, that’s for sure,” says Wilkinson.
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18/10/2010 9:58:10 p.m.
O Dear. Typical Ford lovers, always over analyzing things. Face it you guys got owned AGAIN!! Hear the mighty lion roar!!!
17/10/2010 3:27:06 p.m.
Haha nice story don't know what the guy below me is on about but you say top five, not top ten like Pete says, so its right. Go Ford.
16/10/2010 1:29:35 p.m.
It really lets down the professionalism of you're writing when you can't get very basic facts correct. Please go back have a look at the top ten results and correct this, or write on topics you have some knowledge on or care about.
15/10/2010 4:43:48 p.m.
Holden only got 1 & 2 because they bought the most successful Ford team. If they hadn't gone to Holden then it would have been a Ford 1 2. I doubt Skaife would have been in the car with Lowndes either. Go Jim Beam Racing for staying loyal to Ford and James Courtney you are the man!!
15/10/2010 3:33:35 p.m.
What do you do when Holden win Bathurst????Turn off your Playstation!!!
15/10/2010 2:16:50 p.m.
Doesn't matter how much you try and gloss over the facts, it's was still Holden ONE, TWO and THREE.
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