November 4, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) arrives in New Zealand this weekend ready for this new blue oval team's first trans-Tasman V8 Supercar battle at Auckland's fast and exciting Pukekohe Park Raceway. Representing yet another new ...
November 4, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) arrives in New Zealand this weekend ready for this new blue oval team's first trans-Tasman V8 Supercar battle at Auckland's fast and exciting Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Representing yet another new circuit challenge for FPR's race engineers, the venue is very familiar to team drivers Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and David Besnard.
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Seton holds the Pukekohe V8 Supercar lap record of 57.3500s set in 1996. He was the team's only top five finisher at the Gold Coast round a fortnight ago, while all three FPR Falcons displayed significant race pace and high speed balance characteristics, two factors which are imperative for success at the sweeping 2.8 kilometre Pukekohe circuit.
New Zealand is a nation with a rich and successful motorsport history and this is more than reflected through the public support that this annual V8 Supercar round generates each year. The excitement leading to the race and during the round itself makes it a unique experience for competitors and fans alike.
According to FPR's drivers, this will be a memorable V8 Supercar weekend in the land of the long white cloud.
#5 Glenn Seton - " I have raced at Pukekohe a few times since my first race there in 1987. I thoroughly enjoy the circuit as it is a high speed, adrenalin pumping place to compete at in a V8 Supercar. I am looking forward to a competitive race in New Zealand after our top five form at Indy and welcome the challenge of the three races ahead."
#6 Craig Lowndes - "Pukekohe is a fast and bumpy circuit where you need good power, along with ride control. I am looking forward to the race as we have been working hard on our high speed set ups - so we should have a strong car. This combined with good race strategies should break the run of bad luck I have had at Pukekohe in the past."
#7 David Besnard - "I love the Pukekohe circuit, the atmosphere of this race is awesome. It is a fun track to drive on - it is high speed and exhilarating, it suits my style of driving. I qualified second there last year and I am looking forward a very strong run this weekend."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "Following Surfers Paradise, FPR now ventures to a very different circuit, hoping to build on Glenn's strong form and consolidate Craig's fifth place in the Championship. David's car was fully repaired at Surfers so the team is ready with three fighting Falcons for the battles ahead in New Zealand."
FPR takes to the track on Friday for the opening practice and qualifying sessions, followed by the top ten shootout and a 36 lap / 100 kilometre opening sprint race on Saturday, followed by two 54 lap / 150 kilometre races on Sunday. All races include one compulsory pit stop.
An added personal touch to this weekend's New Zealand V8 Supercar round will be a special event called "Taming the Lion", being held at the Auckland Hyatt Regency on Friday evening. This is an opportunity for FPR fans to get up close and personal with the team's drivers and management in an entertaining panel discussion based event. V8 Supercar fans wishing to be a part of this event can pre-book their tickets on line at www.fpv.com.au .