Albert Park: FPR preview

FPR IS RACE-READY FOR AGP Following three days of monumental effort from Ford Performance Racing, both Falcons will be out for this weekend's Melbourne races, despite the loss of the ...

FPR IS RACE-READY FOR AGP

Following three days of monumental effort from Ford Performance Racing, both Falcons will be out for this weekend's Melbourne races, despite the loss of the #6 chassis in a shunt last Sunday.

In total, 357 working hours* have been put into preparing a car for Steven Richards after a mechanical failure saw him hit the wall at 160kph at Eastern Creek last week.

Drivers and crew say the loss will not affect their performance as part of the Australian GP line-up, but with no points up for grabs they will not be taking any unmeasured on-track risks.

Teams will be out on the Albert Park street track for practice from 14:20 tomorrow (Thursday).

Tim Edwards

Team Principal

"Richo's accident couldn't have happened at a worse time as this particular round only had one week between races, giving us practically no turnaround.

"The real effort came in having to put that whole 2007 car back together. The shell was stripped for up-grades over the summer break, which were finished while we were in Clipsal. Obviously we've had to work around the clock to put the car back together and it's great that we've done it.

"Now we're focussing on the weekend and we'll be as competitive as ever. We're racers; we're not just going to go out and drive around to make up numbers. If we're fielding a car, we're on track to win."

Steven Richards

#6 Castrol FPR Falcon

"You can feel the difference between one chassis and another because each one the team builds incorporates new design principles making them all a little bit different. This one is slightly older but it's got a proven history; it's had four pole positions in Frosty's hands so it won't stand in the way of getting results.

"It's great to be back on the F1 line-up; last time I raced here I won! We've seen for ourselves last year that the F1 event without the V8s isn't the same. Everyone appreciates what F1 is, how fast and exciting they are. But the crowd really enjoys the V8s thundering around the place, passing and mixing it up for the crowds."

Mark Winterbottom

#5 Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon

"This round isn't for points; just for ego! You get to show off what you can do in front of an international crowd that don't necessarily know much about V8s. Hopefully it'll give us a good confidence boost in front of family and sponsors, but we won't be taking any risks to do it.

"I've walked the track already this year, which has refreshed my memory. It's really good; fast, wide and you're right in the middle of town. It's a shame it's not for points."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards , Steven Richards