Ford Raptors a boost for Winton Motor Raceway

By Meg Saultry

If there is ever an emergency on the tracks of Winton, you'll soon be seeing a brand new Ford Raptor flying to the rescue after Winton Motor Raceway and Ford Motor Company announced a partnership to supply the track with a fleet of vehicles.

In a boost to Winton's safety protocols, the race track, which hosts dozens of events during the year, now has three new Ford Raptors as recovery vehicles. 

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Winton Motor Raceway's operations manager Jeff Grech said their partnership with Ford came about earlier this year following a conversation between the two parties at the Winton SuperSprint.

“We approached Ford at this year’s V8 event and asked them if they would be interested in supplying the vehicles,” Grech said.

“They acknowledged they would love to forge a partnership.”

The three-year deal will see Winton Motor Raceway work alongside the car company to promote Ford ride days and other corporate events at the track.

The fleet of vehicles are yet to be fitted out for service, and while there is no timeline on when they will first be deployed, race-goers can expect to see them at a number of events in early 2020.

Fitted out: The back of the Raptors will be fitted out with rescue and recovery equipment such as fire extinguishers and the Jaws of Life.

With strapping points located in the back trays, the plan is to install pods that can be easily removed, then moved to the next vehicle.

The Raptors’ main use will be fire and recovery, with equipment including fire extinguishers, the Jaws of Life and brooms placed in the pods. 

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Ford Motor Company sponsorship manager Glyn Griffiths joined Grech and Benalla Auto Club’s chief executive officer Chris Lewis-Williams at Winton Motor Raceway last Wednesday to inspect the new cars and seal the partnership with a handshake.

“We’re grateful and very proud of this partnership,” Grech said.

“Ford are a reputable company, with a great product.

“And with these Raptors, it shows that Winton is continuing to improve.”