FPR Winton test summary

FG TESTS ITS METAL AT WINTON Ford Performance Racing demonstrated its new equipment to full effect today, topping the V8 Supercar Championship Series' test times with the new FG Falcon race car. In the first official test of the year, both...

FG TESTS ITS METAL AT WINTON

Ford Performance Racing demonstrated its new equipment to full effect today, topping the V8 Supercar Championship Series' test times with the new FG Falcon race car.

In the first official test of the year, both FPR FG Falcons ran faultlessly at Winton Motor Raceway on their maiden extended outing. Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards unofficially recorded times of 1:23.74 and 1:23.88 respectively during a period when the circuit's timing system crashed.

That was nearly four-tenths quicker than Frosty's official time, which also put him fastest on the official time sheets.

FPR was the only main-game Ford representative at the Victorian test day, which saw them lapping alongside the Holdens of Garth Tander, Cameron McConville, Todd and Rick Kelly among others. Queensland-based teams will be testing this Wednesday.

All the teams were running the new-for-2009 E85 fuel, which replaces premium unleaded.

The first V8 Supercar Championship Series race will be the Clipsal 500 from March 19 -- 22.

Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I think the biggest change is probably that the FG uses its tyres better than the BF; the times I banged out in the last session on old tyres were pretty good.

"When you're developing a new car you're just trying to make the last one better. For us we had a quick car on new tyres last year but on a longer run it was not so good. I think we've made that a lot better by improving little things, which will be good especially with the new format of racing this year."

Steve Richards

Castrol FPR Falcon

"We've been doing a lot of house keeping with the oil system and different components of the car today; not as much tuning as Frosty did with his car but I'm very pleased. We've had a good positive outcome.

"We're not going any faster than we were in the BF but it does feel a bit different. The car seems to have good synergy; it turns in nicely and comes out of the corner with good linear throttle. It's a good package to start out with.

"With the ethanol, the only difference I could notice was we weren't reaching the limiter at the same spots as last year. That could be caused by something else, but if it is the fuel it would be quite a significant change.

Tim Edwards

Team Principal

"After two years' hard work developing these cars, it's fantastic to actually see them hit the track in anger.

"We've turned up here today and the cars have run faultlessly from the outset and both drivers are happy with them, which is music to my ears. After today we know everything, from the drivers cooling suit to the gear shift, is working A-OK for Clipsal.

"Although there were no other FGs here, Garth Tander was the perfect benchmark for us; it was him and Jamie Whincup who were the two people Frosty fought with for the championship."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Rick Kelly , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards