In a fashion not dissimilar to F1 racing, the 2019 Virgin Atlantic Supercars Championship is essentially a one horse race and that horse is the Ford Mustang.
Of the top 10 spots on the drivers’ ladder, five belong to the teams using the Mustang, which is making its debut this season.
On the surface, the disparity does not look that bad. After all, is only five of the top 10 are Mustangs; it must mean that the others are doing all right.
Further examination shows that Scott McLaughlin of Team Shell V Power Racing is 292 points clear of teammate Fabian Coulthard.
McLaughlin is 499 points in front of the first Holden Commodore driven by Shane van Gisbergen.
Van Gisbergen in third is only 29 points clear of the next Mustang.
It is as though anyone lacking a Mustang is driving the family land yacht around the tracks and gazing wistfully in their mirrors as the Mustangs put a lap on them, or through their windscreens as the Mustangs disappear ahead.
Those of us who follow sports on a regular basis, giving motor sports only cursory attention, realise that motor racing has a serious credibility issue.
These race series are no longer competitions. .
Both F1 and Supercars have put prodigious amounts of energy into making their series worth a look by trying to level the ground, but the failures have been equally, perhaps more so, prodigious.
One radical suggestion we could offer is to make Shell sit out a year in Supercars and do the same thing to Mercedes in F1.
Far too radical, in our view, but showing up at the track knowing that only a bizarre set of circumstances could propel of different car or different team to the head of the pack has got to be deflating for drivers, owners and fans.
Lewis Hamilton in F1 is a $1.02 chance to win the drivers’ championship. Scott McLaughlin is $1.10 to win the drivers’ championship in Supercars.
Other codes have managed to keep most of the competitors within hailing distance of the top, or at least relevant in the latter stages of a competition, but motor racing seems to have tried similar measures, only to have those measures produce results even more lopsided than the results they were trying to modify.