FPR 2005 Revealed at the Australian Motorsport Show February 18, 2005 - Prodrive Executive Chairman and recent CBE (Commander of the British Empire) recipient, David Richards, joined Ford Performance Racing (FPR) Managing Director David Flint...
FPR 2005 Revealed at the Australian Motorsport Show
February 18, 2005 - Prodrive Executive Chairman and recent CBE (Commander of the British Empire) recipient, David Richards, joined Ford Performance Racing (FPR) Managing Director David Flint and new team drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter in unveiling the team's new liveries for the 2005 season today at the Australian Motorsport Show in Melbourne.
Both FPR BA Falcons now feature a new version of the highly popular bird of prey livery design, produced by Ford Australia designer, Adrian Magu. Jason Bright's CAT FPR Falcon incorporates the corporate colours of FPR major sponsor Caterpillar of Australia, along with some new features that complement the attractive BA Falcon design lines, giving the FPR Falcon a more striking appearance.
Greg Ritter's Ford Credit FPV Falcon follows the same aggressive bird of prey livery design, giving the familiar blue, white and red BA Falcon a new appearance, while retaining its familiar blue oval inspired colour scheme.
Aside from revealing the team's exciting new war paint and merchandise range ahead of this year's challenging thirteen round Australian V8 Supercar Championship, today also marked the start of a new era for the FPR, as it strives for success in the world's toughest touring car series.
"There has been a great deal of unfulfilled expectation since we launched FPR three years ago," David Richards said at today's launch. "There is no doubt that we have made some mistakes along the way as any new team does when competing in such an intensely competitive Championship. Having spent the last three weeks at FPR, I am convinced that we can now show a significant improvement during the course of the 2005 season," David added.
David Richards was supported in his views by 2005 CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright. "I have never been involved with a team that has displayed as much potential as FPR. All I can say is that I am very excited about the season ahead - returning to Ford with a team that I believe has displayed merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of their race winning potential," Jason said.
Today's launch marked the start of the three day 2005 Australian Motorsport Show being held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton. FPR drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter will be visiting fans at the FPR stand from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on Sunday, February 20.
Since FPR was established at the start of the 2003 season, the blue oval team has raced to six V8 Supercar podium finishes including one round victory and two consecutive runner-up places at Bathurst.