DAVID SIEDERS JOINS FPR AS TEST AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVER May 22, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is pleased to confirm that David Sieders joins the team as its official test and development driver. The talented young New South Wales based...
DAVID SIEDERS JOINS FPR AS TEST AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVER
May 22, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is pleased to confirm that David Sieders joins the team as its official test and development driver.
The talented young New South Wales based driver started his career in 1,300 horsepower Super Trucks before pursuing open wheeler racing in state and national level Formula Ford competition. Sieders, 22, finished third in the 2003 national Formula Ford Rookie of the Year standings and third outright in the 2005 national Formula Ford Championship with two round victories.
Sieders, also starred in the 2004 Aussie Racing Cars Series, gaining 12 race victories - more than any other driver competing in the category.
Sieders is excited about the opportunities to develop his racing and car set-up skills while assisting the Prodrive team during the 2006 season.
"I feel privileged to be selected by FPR as their test and development driver as this is a great starting point for my V8 Supercar career. I can't wait to get behind the wheel of the FPR Falcons, assisting Jason and Mark to further develop their already impressive cars during the season."
According to FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards, the addition of David Sieders will help the team continue its impressive on track performances in 2006.
"David will get to know everyone in the team and observe how we operate, liaising with our drivers and engineers to learn as much as possible, while also gaining miles in our FPR Falcons during our test days this season. This is the first time that FPR has elected to take on a test and development driver and we look forward to working with David," he said.
It is fitting that Sieders starts his progression to V8 Supercars with FPR as his family has a strong and successful racing relationship with Ford through the years.
"A great deal of my family's history in motor racing has included the blue oval. The first V8 my father Bill raced at Bathurst was an EB Falcon and he won his class in the Bathurst 12 Hour Production Car race also driving a Falcon. My older brother Luke made his Bathurst 1000 debut with my father in 2000 behind the wheel of an EL Falcon and my first V8 Supercar test was in an AU Falcon. My first Aussie Racing car was an AU Falcon bodied car as well.
"On top of all this, my other brother Colin started his racing career in a 40's model Ford Aussie Racing Car and is now competing in the V8 Supercar Development Series driving an AU Falcon," Sieders said.