July 15, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) will finally unveil its full three BA Falcon line up this weekend's 7th Round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway. In another FPR marathon effort, the build of ...
July 15, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) will finally unveil its full three BA Falcon line up this weekend's 7th Round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at Queensland Raceway.
In another FPR marathon effort, the build of Besnard's FPV FPR BA Falcon will be completed within hours of being loaded into one of the team's transporters for the trip to Queensland Raceway.
Completing FPR's three BA Falcon fleet, David Besnard's FPV FPR Falcon finalises a rigorous race car construction programme by the FPR crew who have worked tirelessly since the start of January to complete the team's Ford V8 Supercar fleet while competing and developing their existing cars during the first half of the 2003 V8 Supercar season.
For 26 year old Besnard, the reigning Queensland Raceway winner after his dominant Ford powered performance with co-driver Simon Wills last year, this race represents a competitive new start to his season.
Besnard was the third FPR driver in line for a new BA Falcon and has competed as strongly as possible with the team's last remaining AU Falcon since the start of the season. Despite the obvious difference in car speed between the older AU Falcon and the BA Falcon V8 Supercars, Besnard still managed to compete within the top three at the third Australian Grand Prix showcase race and has managed ten points earning race finishes to date.
CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes is ready for a strong performance in Queensland, following the improved race speed displayed in Darwin three weeks ago. Luck was not on the triple Champion's side in the top end, but the 29 year old remains completely focussed on returning to the V8 Supercar podium at this 300 kilometre event.
In preparation for this important round, Lowndes, Seton and Besnard completed a much needed test day last Thursday, July 10, (the team's third test day of the season) at Victoria's Phillip Island circuit. Lowndes and Seton reported major improvements to both cars during the hectic day's program of component and set- up tests, providing the team with added confidence leading into this weekend's Championship round.
Time was also allocated for Besnard to complete several laps in both of the team's existing FPR BA Falcons to prepare him for the race debut of his own this Sunday.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "I'm looking forward to returning to the 300 kilometre race format in Queensland as our strategies in these races have been very effective. We have just had a highly productive test day where we learned more about my car and I am confident that we can gain a strong result this weekend."
#5 Glenn Seton - "Now that we have our first test day in my new car under our belt and we have made a number of improvements to the car, we are in better shape for the rest of the Championship. Queensland Raceway is the Stone Brothers' test circuit so they are going to be even harder to beat there. Our goal will be to gain a top five finish this weekend."
#19 David Besnard - "I'm looking forward to going back to Queensland as the defending winner and the timing couldn't have been better as I'll finally have my new FPV FPR BA Falcon. There is no doubt that the round will still be difficult as I have not done any test laps in this new car, but with such a strong team behind me I'm sure that my new Falcon will be on the pace very quickly."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "The team tested at Phillip Island last week with cars #5 and #6 being used between all three drivers. The day was productive, resulting in sound progress and set-up evaluation of the BA chassis and some valuable track time for David, prior to him receiving his BA for the forthcoming race. We are keen to redress the lacklustre results of the last few events and thus are looking forward to this weekends racing."
V8 Supercar racing gets underway in Queensland this Sunday with the 96 lap Queensland 300 getting the green light at 1:30pm.
FPR Drivers describe sections of Queensland Raceway;
Glenn Seton - Turn 1 - This is a high speed corner and the braking area into turn one is quite rough. You have to try not to lock the front brakes in the entry because it is an important corner to gain mid corner speed to carry the pace to turn two.
Craig Lowndes - Turn 2 - The most frustrating corner of the track. It feels slow and it is very easy to over commit yourself as the mid corner to exit of the turn falls away and you can lose speed down the back straight.
David Besnard - Turn 3 - This corner is very difficult in the braking area as it rises and dips and you can pick up a lot of time there if you get it right. This corner can also be a good passing spot.