By Thomas Miles
Date posted: July 3, 2023
Macauley Jones has thrown his hat into the ring on the Supercars Gen3 parity debate, believing Ford’s outright speed is “obviously there”.
Parity is the hottest topic in Supercars at the moment after a full category review was triggered following the latest Chevrolet sweep at the Darwin Triple Crown.
The conversation will continue to evolve at this weekend’s Townsville 500, a track Triple Eight Race Engineering has historically dominated.
Post Hidden Valley Ford team owners made their frustrations clear with the aero of the Mustangs described as a “serious issue”.
“I think the outright speed is obviously there (for the Mustang), Jones said on the BJR Run Down podcast. 
“I mean if you didn’t have outright speed, you wouldn’t have one (Cam Waters) on pole. 
“I was behind a couple over the weekend and I’m definitely not passing them at the end of the straight.”
“It (parity) is definitely an ongoing thing; an investigation of what they’re trying to do,” he said. 
“They’ve done some mapping over the season and improved that by the looks of it. 
“They don’t seem to have the tyre life that they want, whether that set up or aero or still the mapping, I’m not exactly sure, but they seem to just not be able to hold on to a race.”
One of the hopes of Gen3 was to improve the show and make it easier to follow and race than the Gen2 era.
“I feel like I can sort of follow them equally as good to be honest,” he said. 
“I think that was actually probably more of a thing last year with the (Gen2) and following different manufactured cars, that definitely threw a spanner in the works. 
The parity debate will roll on at the Townsville 500 this weekend on July 7-9.
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