Hidden Valley: FPR preview

FPR LOOKS TO TRANSLATE PROMISE Ford Performance Racing is rebuilding its 2009 V8 Supercar Championship assault starting with this weekend's racing at Hidden Valley, its glory-ground in 2008. Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom both won a race...

FPR LOOKS TO TRANSLATE PROMISE

Ford Performance Racing is rebuilding its 2009 V8 Supercar Championship assault starting with this weekend's racing at Hidden Valley, its glory-ground in 2008.

Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom both won a race at the Darwin track last year before scoring FPR's first-ever 1-2 round finish.

So far this year the team's speed has been race-winning but the results have not followed often enough.

Now FPR has gone back to basics, addressing organisational approach to race weekends to ensure its potential is translated into podiums.

Cars take to the track at 12:25pm this Friday for Practice.

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"Everything that's happened in the races has been there for everybody to see. As a team, we've now gone back and reviewed everything and put plans in place to make sure we don't have any repeats.

"We've probably been focussed too much on trying to win every single race, so in some ways we've been trying too hard and have possibly tripped ourselves up on a few of the basics.

"As far as our season plan goes, there's been no shift; we just want to be as competitive as we can. We've reinforced our goal with ourselves, which it isn't to win every race; that would be nice but totally unrealistic.

"Our aim is to finish in the top five of every session and that invariably will give us podiums and race wins. If your objective is to get pole position and a win from every race you're going to come away disappointed in a championship as competitive as this one."

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"The car has actually been quick so we go to Darwin with confidence, but we've got to be smarter about how we approach the racing side; we've just got to make sure we finish it off.

"We've had a bit of bad luck, like being in bad positions at bad times, but you can't keep blaming it on luck when it happens regularly. I've got to put myself in a position that gives me the least amount of risk and as a team we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves to win every race."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"You've got to have a margin of confidence in your car and team to make the right changes at the right times when you're out on track. If your confidence level is high you don't feel like you're taking the risks.

"Last year the cars were good right from the outset; this year we qualified on the front row at the last three race meetings before the top ten shoot-out. We've got really good pace so my confidence levels are high."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards