After making its racing debut, the new Shelby GT350R-C has been gathering its momentum on race tracks around the country in the Continental Tire racing series.
This past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, the two cars fielded by Multimatic Motorports would not only qualify first and second, but one took home the win on race day.
Both Shelby GT350R-C Mustangs cars ran one and two for the first 39 laps of the race. When driver changes took place, they were shuffled to mid pack to fight back to the front.
Driver Austin Cindric in second shift piloted the number 158 Shelby GT350R-C Mustang back into the top ten, then to a first place finish with a 4.703 second lead.
Son of Penske Racing president Tim Cindric, the 16-year old driver shared the victory with Jade Buford who qualified and kept his pole position through the first half of the race.
“Wow, what a day,” said Cindric, “Proud to be a part of the first ever win for Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports with the Shelby GT350R-C. Phenomenal Group, thanks to all.”
In the qualifying day before, Billy Johnson’s number 15 Shelby GT350R-C Mustang was fastest with a lap of 1:26.461 and Jade Buford in number 158 was second with a time of 1:27.181.
The number 15 Shelby GT350R-C Mustang did not finish due to a serious crash with driver Scott Maxwell at the helm. Maxwell was not seriously injured.
The new Shelby GT350R-C Mustang is a race-prepared version of the production Shelby GT350R. While it shares some mechanical similarities to the consumer grade Mustang, there are several modifications and enhancements for race duty.
The flat-plane crankshaft 5.2 liter V8 is a certified race version for the IMSA GS Class. Suspension has revised spring rates and antiroll bars, a lower ride height, unique track-tuned alignment settings, revised bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the front.