Hidden Valley: FPR preview

FPR SET TO BOUNCE BACK AT HIDDEN VALLEY Fresh from two days of intensive testing, Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is confident it can redeem itself this weekend at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin. Ford Performance Racing knows all about success...

FPR SET TO BOUNCE BACK AT HIDDEN VALLEY

Fresh from two days of intensive testing, Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is confident it can redeem itself this weekend at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin.

Ford Performance Racing knows all about success at Hidden Valley and both Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards have been at the forefront of it.

The team scored a 1-2 round result in 2008 when Richards led home Winterbottom - and Frosty finished on the podium last year on the Saturday by finishing second to Jamie Whincup.

Frosty has great form in Darwin, having taken pole position in 2008 and not qualified outside the top 10 since 2005 at Hidden Valley.

"Yeah Darwin has been good to us in the past … and this year should be no different," the Victorian-based racer said.

"The team is feeling pretty good after our two test days - we tried some new gear and a variety of different set-ups all with the aim to giving us a package that is good to go from the start … something that has eluded us in recent rounds."

Richo may have endured something of a struggle in Darwin last year, however he has a total of 20 top-ten race finishes from the 32 races he's started at Hidden Valley.

"Like Frosty, I'm a lot more confident in our post-test package," Richo said.

"We made a lot of positive changes to the car that will aid us in adapting to any given circuit a lot quicker giving us more time to actually fine tune the car on-track which should translate into results," he added.

The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 'Sprint' tyre will again be used in Darwin however its use has been modified from the previous events this year, with each car only having one set of the softer tyre to use solely in the 200-kilometre race on Sunday - a move that is sure to add further spice to the weekend's events.

"I think the soft tyre will be more of a strategy decision this weekend than when you're running it the for the whole meeting because if there is a safety car in Sunday's race it will play a huge part in the outcome depending on who has already used their soft set of tyres."

Richo has only missed one Darwin V8 Supercar event - the first one in 1998 when he was a test driver for Nissan in the British Touring Car Championship.

-source: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards
Teams Nissan Motorsports