Hidden Valley: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR SEEKS TOP RESULTS IN AUSTRALIA'S TOP END June 28, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) competes in Australia's top end city of Darwin this weekend for the 6th Round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series being held for at Hidden Valley ...

FPR SEEKS TOP RESULTS IN AUSTRALIA'S TOP END

June 28, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) competes in Australia's top end city of Darwin this weekend for the 6th Round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series being held for at Hidden Valley Raceway.

Following the Prodrive owned team's solid performance in China that saw team drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter placed as the highest Ford powered finishers of the field, the team has been making the most from the hot weather racing data gained at Shanghai to prepare for this weekend's three races in the Australian tropics.

All preparation work to the two FPR Falcons was completed in ample time for the 3,800 kilometre journey from FPR's Melbourne engineering headquarters to the Northern Territory capital, which will take the team's two B-Double transporter drivers some four days to cover.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has raced to four podiums at Hidden Valley in his six V8 Supercar appearances in the top end. The highlight was his Darwin round victory for Ford in 1999. two runner up finishes in 2001 and 2002, and one third overall placing in 2003. On top of all this, Bright also heads to Hidden Valley as the defending lap record holder.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter makes his second Hidden Valley appearance this weekend, having first competed at the top end circuit in 2003. Ritter heads to Darwin after having posted a top ten overall finish in China.

#6 Jason Bright - "The Darwin round is one of the best events of the Championship, I really enjoy the atmosphere of this round, even though it is a very tough event heat wise - but we are a bit more prepared following the humidity we competed in at Shanghai. I have had some great races at Hidden Valley in the past and following the pace we displayed in China, Darwin should also suit us. The team has made some engine and chassis improvements ahead of the round so we look forward to being very competitive there."

#5 Greg Ritter - "Following our strong result in China I am looking to continue this form in Darwin. Both the Hidden Valley and Shanghai circuits share quite a few similarities including climate, the long straight, smooth surface and the same race format. Considering all that we learned in China about my car, I am confident of a good result. We are getting a true grasp of the car and the way I like it to be set-up - so a podium finish is just around the corner."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We are optimistic about our chances in Darwin following our performance in China. We head to this mid-season round armed with some significant changes to both FPR Falcons. Everyone speaks very highly about this Northern Territory round, so it should be an excellent one."

FPR takes to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway for opening practice and qualifying on Friday followed by the three races to decide the Round (one on Saturday and two sprints on Sunday).

FPR DARWIN FACT FILE

Jason Bright has recorded top ten V8 Supercar round results in his last five visits to Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway.

In terms of individual race results, Bright has scored fifth or higher in 13 of the last 15 Hidden Valley sprint races. This includes two race wins and five second placings.

Bright's strong Hidden Valley qualifying record suggests his impressive record of 21 appearances in the last 22 top ten shoot-outs could be extended. Bright was the Darwin round pole-sitter in 2002, backing that up with second row starting positions over the last two years. Bright is also the current Hidden Valley lap record holder.

FPR heads to the Northern Territory having posted the best result for a Ford team in the historic first ever V8 Supercar round in Shanghai, China last month.

This is the eighth time the V8 Supercars have visited the 2.9km Northern Territory circuit. Ford and Holden have alternated the round victories since the series debuted at the track in 1998 - this pattern suggests that Ford should emerge triumphant this year.

Round 6 features three races - a 20 minute sprint on Saturday afternoon and two 140km races on Sunday, which are expected to last about 55 minutes each. Both Sunday races feature a compulsory pit stop for tyres.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards