Ford has clinched the manufacturers' championship in the V8 Supercar Championship following Jamie Whincup's victory in the V8 Supercar Coffee Club Challenge on the Gold Coast.

An eighth round win from eleven held so far this season was good enough to secure the crown for the Blue Oval with three race weekends still to run.

Ford's Falcon has been the dominant force in 2008, with wins spread across three teams; Team Vodafone, Ford Performance Racing and Jim Beam Racing.

"We were fairly confident that we would secure the Manufacturer's Championship before the final few rounds," said Ford chief Ray Price. "In the past it has gone down to the last round, and with an equal number of events this year it had the potential to be a much closer competition.

"Ford has a variety of strong teams and drivers, we pride ourselves on that depth, and if you look at the spread of wins this year it confirms our potential for results across the board. Garth Tander is the only driver who has managed a win for the red side, with three to his name."

Contributing drivers include Whincup with four round wins - one shared with Craig Lowndes at Bathurst - Mark Winterbottom who has so far claimed two, plus Will Davison and Steven Richards with one round win each.

Ford will now seek to add the drivers' title, with Whincup and Winterbottom both in contention for the crown through the final rounds of the year.

"Of course we'll keep working to tip the scales in our favour, keep on the winning streak, and with the consistency we are seeing among the Falcon's there is no reason we won't keep taking the win," Price added. "We've achieved two goals already this year with Bathurst and the Manufacturer's title, now of course we are looking to top it off with a Ford driver being number one come the Grand Finale."



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