PRETORIA, South Africa — The 2012 Bridgestone Production Car Championship has drawn to a close, with Team Ford Racing ending the season with Gary Formato in second place and teammate Shaun Duminy in fourth.
The team had to contend with their fair share of problems during the final round, with torrential downpours and an errant stone hampering their performance. In the opening heat, Duminy claimed fourth place with Formato following home in fifth, but as they lined up for the day’s second heat the team discovered that a stone had gone through the oil cooler in Duminy’s car, damaging the engine.
“It’s a pity as we were first on the grid for the second heat and looking as though we’d be able to secure third in the championship,” explained Duminy.
Formato went on to take third place and then relinquished his car to Duminy for the last heat in the hopes that Duminy would have a final chance at the third place championship finish. The team worked hard to ready the car for the final heat however it was not to be with the afternoon’s heavy rains causing a misfire and forcing Duminy into retirement.
“We’ve had five good years of racing from these cars. In that time we’ve always finished in the top three in the championship having taken two championship titles, finished in the runner-up spot twice and having claimed third once. We’re now looking forward to a new chapter, and are excited to see how the all-new Focus ST will perform on the track next year,” said Formato.
Team Ford Racing will next year race the all-new Focus ST. It is powered by a 184 kW version of Ford’s 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that delivers the power of a larger displacement unit with the fuel efficiency of a smaller engine. It achieves this through a combination of high pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging, and Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT), as well as redesigned intake and exhaust systems, and unique calibration.
“As we look ahead to next season I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the tremendous dedication and effort of everyone involved in the past season. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing team and the on-going support of Ford and our sponsors BP, Castrol, 888 Performance and Leda Panel Beaters,” concluded Formato.