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FPR TAKES IT TO THE STREETS AT SURFERS PARADISE October 17, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom are seeking a return to their winning form at this weekend's 10th Round of the 2006 V8 ...

FPR TAKES IT TO THE STREETS AT SURFERS PARADISE

October 17, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom are seeking a return to their winning form at this weekend's 10th Round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship at the exciting Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.

This will be a special round for CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright. He will celebrate his 100th V8 Supercar round start on his 8th visit to the Gold Coast V8 Supercar round this weekend. It is fitting that the 33 year old Victorian driver marks another major milestone in his career at this 4.4 kilometre seaside street circuit, as this is where he also made his Champ Car racing debut in 2000. Bright was eighth overall at last year's Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge, finishing all three races inside the top ten.

Winterbottom, an ex Gold Coast resident, is ready to defend his third place standing in the Championship that he was fortunate to preserve following the disappointment of Bathurst. The Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver is making his third V8 Supercar appearance on the Gold Coast this year, having debuted in 2004. A top ten finisher at this event in the past, Winterbottom has set his ambitions high for the three street races ahead.

This will be the 15th Gold Coast IndyCarnival, making it one of V8 Supercar's most popular street circuit races. More than 316,000 fans visited this major international sporting event in 2005, making it one of the most spectacular of the season.

Ford has the edge over arch rival Holden in terms of Surfers Paradise V8 Supercar success, posting seven event wins since 1994, two more than its rival. FPR's drivers intend to continue this blue oval trend in Queensland this weekend.

#6 Jason Bright - "We have a lot of points to make up following Bathurst and this should be a very good round for us as we have been qualifying very strongly during the season and this is very important here. This is also a physically demanding round, but it also throws a number of other challenges at the drivers such as the lack of visibility and the concrete walls that forces us to be very precise. This circuit is very hard on brakes and the CAT FPR Falcon has been strong in this area so I'm looking forward to a very strong weekend."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "The importance of qualifying at this round is paramount - and this is one of our strongest areas, which is good heading into the three races on this challenging street circuit. The plan is to continue the strong form that we have shown this season as every point gained from now to the end of the season will be crucial in order for me to remain in the top three. I am confident that we have the car and the expertise to make this a very good round. Being an ex Gold Coast local, the atmosphere of this event is second to none and it is always great to be back."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "With the disappointment of Bathurst behind us, we head to the Gold Coast knowing what the team is capable of. We made great improvements to the car at this race last year and we bring the experience and car speed that we need to ensure that we qualify and race strongly at this challenging event." FPR also welcomes a very special guest to Surfers Paradise this Saturday with Ford World Rally Team driver and double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm visiting the team for a photo opportunity inside one of the FPR Falcons. This will be held at the FPR pit garage at 3:05pm Saturday. Gronholm will also join the team in the pits during the Saturday race.

The format of this weekend's racing at Surfers Paradise is different to past years, with three 22 lap /100 kilometre races scheduled at 4:00pm Saturday with races two and three on Sunday starting at 11:05am and following the Champ Car race at 3:55pm.

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcus Gronholm , Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards