Ford Performance Racing has today announced their driver combinations for the upcoming V8 Supercar endurance races, the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Joining Mark Winterbottom aboard the Orrcon Steel Falcon...
Ford Performance Racing has today announced their driver combinations for the upcoming V8 Supercar endurance races, the L&H 500 at Phillip Island, and the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Joining Mark Winterbottom aboard the Orrcon Steel Falcon will be experienced racer Luke Youlden, while James Moffat will be making his V8 Supercar main series debut alongside Steven Richards in the Dunlop Super Dealers Falcon.
Youlden will be racing at Bathurst for the third straight year with FPR, having previously recording five top-ten results on the Mountain since debuting in 2001, with a best result of third in 2003.
On both previous occasions behind the wheel of the FPR Falcon Youlden has teamed with Dean Canto, with the pair registering a seventh place finish in 2008, before retiring late in last year's event while running in fifth position.
Moffat meanwhile has been campaigning the Ford Rising Stars Racing Falcon in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series this season, currently sitting fifth in the points standings.
Moffat had a stunning debut season in 2009, where the second generation racer won his first ever V8 Supercar race before finishing second in the championship, picking up the Mike Kable Young Gun Award along the way.
FPR team principal Tim Edwards believes that his driving combinations have the perfect mix of speed and experience.
"Having Luke and James team up with Mark and Steven is ideal, we couldn't ask for a stronger driving line up heading into the endurance races," Tim Edwards said.
"Over the years, Luke has demonstrated that he is one of the most talented drivers in Australia without a full time drive, and we are glad that he has joined the team for a third straight year.
"We have obviously been following James very closely through our association with Ford Rising Stars Racing, and he is a very mature driver for only his second full season in V8 Supercars.
"I believe all of the drivers will be very evenly matched, and funnily enough, both of the driving combinations are exactly the same height, so there are definite advantages when it comes to seating position and driver changes throughout the races."