FUJITSU RACING SET SIGHTS ON BATHURST VICTORY The Fujitsu Racing Team of Jason Bright and Adam Macrow will take on Australia's biggest motor race full of confidence with their sights set on victory. A number of upgrades have been made to the...
FUJITSU RACING SET SIGHTS ON BATHURST VICTORY
The Fujitsu Racing Team of Jason Bright and Adam Macrow will take on Australia's biggest motor race full of confidence with their sights set on victory.
A number of upgrades have been made to the Fujitsu Ford over the past two months. With some other tricks up their sleeve for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the 1998 Bathurst winner has every right to feel that he can again challenge for victory at Mount Panorama.
"Everything has started to come together for Bathurst," said Bright.
"On the technical side we have made improvements to the engine, transmission and suspension. Across the board that has provided significant gains.
"Last year we nearly pulled off a win at Bathurst. This year we have improved as a group and that has me even more confident going to Mount Panorama.
"I'm very pleased with Adam's committed to the program and his driving at Phillip Island was very strong. I know that he is a proven performer at Bathurst and I'm confident he will do an even better job for us in 2008.
"For me it has been 10 years since I won the race. Waiting for the opportunity to again challenge has made me very hungry to win and we will give it everything."
Macrow, who finished third at Bathurst in 2005, has tested with the team throughout the year, but it was the time in the car at the recent Phillip Island 500 that has him feeling confident going to Bathurst.
"I'm ready for Bathurst," said Macrow.
"Getting race kilometres in the car is clearly important for me as a driver. More important is that the team has really improved the car and I'm sure will be on the pace over 1000-kilomtres of racing.
"Jason does a fantastic job in setting the car up. I have not had to change too much in my driving style to make the most out of the Fujitsu Falcon. Having confidence in the car is all-important to being on the pace at Bathurst
"My entire year has been all about the long distance V8 races. I have not been distracted by anything else. I know that my driving has not suffered and my hunger to have success at Bathurst is as strong as ever."
Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater has been pleased with the development of the Ford going into Bathurst.
"We are feeling confident going to Bathurst," said Slater.
"However, a fast car does not automatically guarantee you success. You need a strong driving combination, excellent pit work and the ability to run a strategy that will keep you at the pointy end. We feel that we have all bases covered.
"We have been able to introduce new items on the car in recent events that have given us a lift in performance. One of the key areas for us has been a new engine package. We have been able to improve the power as well as make a gain on fuel economy, which at Phillip Island alone allowed us to run three laps longer than the next best.
"Stretching a fuel window, but still being able to attack could prove to be an ace up our sleeve."
The Fujitsu Racing team hit the track for practice on Thursday, before further practice and qualifying on Friday. Saturday's action includes another practice and the top-10 shootout. A final 20-minutewarm-up will be held early Sunday morning with the 161-lap 1000-kilometre classic getting underway at 10.30am.
V8 SUPERCARS ON TV
*All programs are shown on Channel 7
Friday 10 October
1:00pm -- 4:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Saturday 11 October
12:00pm -- 5:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)
Sunday 12 October
5:00am -- 4:00pm (Perth)
6:30am -- 5:30pm (Adelaide)
7:00am -- 6:00pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane)
*Times subject to change. Check local guides
ABOUT THE TRACK
Built in 1938 as a scenic tourist drive, the Mount Panorama circuit has become one of the world's great road racing venues. It hosted the Australian Grand Prix in 1938, 1947, 1952 and 1958 before first holding what has become the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in 1963
Circuit length: 6.213km
Circuit direction: Anti-Clockwise
Average speed: 151 km/h
Maximum speed: 295 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Greg Murphy, Holden Commodore VY, 2m06.8594s, 2003
Current Race Lap Record: Jamie Whincup, Ford Falcon BF, 2m08.4651s, 2007