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FPR'S BID FOR TITLE GLORY Ford Performance Racing has restructured its engineering team in a final push for the V8 Supercar team and driver championships. Mark Winterbottom will have regular Race Engineer Dan Kroehn at his disposal as well...

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Ford Performance Racing has restructured its engineering team in a final push for the V8 Supercar team and driver championships.

Mark Winterbottom will have regular Race Engineer Dan Kroehn at his disposal as well as Chief Engineer Phil Keed, who will be overseeing both cars at Bahrain this weekend. FPR Data Engineer Ben Inkster has replaced Keed as Race Engineer on Steve Richards' Castrol FPR Falcon.

Frosty's Orrcon Steel Ford Credit FPR Falcon is currently second in the driver standings, 75 points behind Jamie Whincup and 31 ahead of Garth Tander with three rounds to go.

Ford Performance Racing has won every Desert 400 round since its inception in 2006. The cars will take to the track at 12.30pm this Thursday (20:30 EDT).

Tim Edwards

Team Principal

"To be a race engineer you need to be decisive, good under pressure and meticulous in the way you approach the job. We trialed Ben engineering a car earlier in the year; he did a great job and so we've restructured slightly. This will free Phil Keed up to look at the bigger picture in our effort to secure the drivers and teams championships."

Ben Inkster

Race Engineer, Car 6

"The difference between being a data and race engineer is the set-up of the car; with data, you're focused on reliability and making sure the data is flowing onto everyone. Now I'm purely focused on the set-up and fundamental running of the car. I enjoy it much more because I feel connected to the car and what it's doing on track. That's what most race engineers love about it.

"I'm really positive about the rest of the season; Richo's an awesome driver. At Indy we didn't get the tyres and the brakes right so we're working really hard on that for Bahrain. It's really hard on the tyres. You have one lap on the tyres and then after that the car's useless. The way we see it, you've got one lap for qualifying."

Steve Richards

Castrol FPR Falcon

"Bennie's got to be a psychologist, on top technically and his ability to communicate is absolutely critical. It's a whole new challenge and it's probably the right time for that to happen; the next few race meetings are ideal to build that relationship.

"I've seen that he's passionate about what he does and he's also very clever. It's a case of when the heat is on, how are we going to react. I think it's going to be great; I'm looking forward to a seamless, instinctive relationship where we both know what each other is talking about in the heat of a race battle."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards