Albert Park: Ford Performance Racing preview

ALL SET FOR GRAND PRIX V8 SUPERCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND March 29, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has had merely two days to turn around the team's two FPR Falcons for this weekend's three non-Championship Australian Grand Prix showcase...

ALL SET FOR GRAND PRIX V8 SUPERCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND

March 29, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has had merely two days to turn around the team's two FPR Falcons for this weekend's three non-Championship Australian Grand Prix showcase races that will take place in Melbourne.

While FPR celebrates its third birthday at this event, this is the 10th time that the V8 Supercar Series has taken part in this major international motor racing event. This is also the first year that this event has not been the first V8 Supercar race of the season.

Aside from Jason Bright's major high speed accident last Friday in Adelaide which saw a complete overnight re-build to get the CAT FPR Falcon back on the track, unlike several other two car teams, FPR returned from the Clipsal 500 with two straight cars, ready to take their place on the Albert Park V8 Supercar starting grid this weekend.

Bright is the most successful V8 Supercar driver at the Australian Grand Prix meeting this decade, having won five sprint races at the F1 circuit between 2001 and 2004. Bright raced to Albert Park's V8 Supercar overall honours two years ago, winning two of the three individual races including the main 'GP 100' race.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom is making his third Albert Park appearance in a V8 Supercar this weekend, after making his Grand Prix debut in 2004. The 24 year old FPR driver scored a top ten finish from a rear of field start at last year's event.

FPR's engineers have been carefully analysing the team's performance data gained last weekend to ensure the team's competitiveness at the three V8 Supercar races to be held on the fast, smooth and flowing 2.8 kilometre Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.

#6 Jason Bright - "We'll be using the Grand Prix races to improve the high speed balance of the car, to make sure that we have sorted the problems that we encountered in Adelaide. We always put on a good show at Albert Park, even though it doesn't count towards the Championship - once we are on the track everyone wants to win."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - " I like racing at Albert Park as it is a good circuit with a smooth surface and fast corners that particularly suit my driving style. I am looking forward to continuing and improving on the car speed that we displayed in Adelaide at the Grand Prix. While this race is more for profile rather than points, it is still a great confidence booster for the team heading into the long season ahead."

FPR Motorsport Director Tim Edwards - "The Grand Prix races give us an opportunity to fine tune our cars prior to continuing with the Championship. We had good car speed in Adelaide despite our results, and we head to the Grand Prix planning to build on that and at the same time aim for a podium finish. "

FPR will be on track at Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit at 12:30pm Thursday for practice followed by qualifying at 3:55pm. The first of three showcase races takes place with a ten lap challenge on Friday at 3:30pm, followed by a 19 lap main race on Saturday at 3:30pm and a ten lap final race at 11:50am on Sunday.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards