Oran Park: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR SEEKS SUCCESS IN SYDNEY August 13, 2007 - The final V8 Supercar sprint round before the Sandown and Bathurst endurance races gets underway this weekend with the series' second stop in New South Wales for the Jim Beam 400. Oran Park Raceway...

FPR SEEKS SUCCESS IN SYDNEY

August 13, 2007 - The final V8 Supercar sprint round before the Sandown and Bathurst endurance races gets underway this weekend with the series' second stop in New South Wales for the Jim Beam 400.

Oran Park Raceway becomes the longest established Touring Car / V8 Supercar round venue as the Sydney circuit hosts its 37th consecutive round this weekend, the 8th round of the 2007 Championship.

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom are looking forward to the three races ahead on this challenging 2.6 kilometre circuit where the team took Pole position last season. Despite the team's impressive speed displayed throughout the 2007 season, either of the FPR duo are yet to gain a podium finish.

FPR has enjoyed some strong races at Oran Park gaining one of the team's five NSW round podium finishes at this venue back in 2003. Ford has also been the dominant manufacturer at Oran Park during recent years, with the last four round victories at this circuit going to blue oval drivers.

Castrol FPR Falcon driver Richards has raced in a decade of Oran Park V8 Supercar rounds, with two top five finishes to his credit. Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Winterbottom finished 5th in his FPR debut at Oran Park last season, his best finish in three previous V8 Supercar appearances at his hometown circuit.

#6 Steve Richards - "Oran Park is a very dynamic circuit that is hard on rear tyres and its unique figure eight layout will really test our set-up skills. I enjoy racing at this circuit as it features a combination of medium speed flowing corners off the bridge and the infamous dog-leg before the tight left hander onto the start finish straight - both are always exciting in a V8 Supercar. FPR was strong at Oran Park last season and we have every intention of being even stronger this weekend."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "We had excellent car speed at Oran Park last year and I enjoy the challenges that this circuit creates from set-up to the close racing. This is the second and final chance that I will get to gain a V8 Supercar win or podium result in my hometown this season and the solo V8 Supercar team victory box remains one that I still haven't ticked yet."

FPR Team Principal, Tim Edwards - "Oran Park is a circuit that we know very well and we have had some strong performances there. It is a round where anything can and usually does happen, so it will be important to qualify at the top end. We have the speed to be very strong this weekend and it would be great to head to the endurance races with a win in this round."

The Jim Beam 400 will comprise of three 120 kilometre races with the opening race on Saturday and the remaining two rounds on Sunday as per the normal V8 Supercar sprint round format.

If history has anything to do with it, FPR could be in for a great round as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Falcon GT victory at Oran Park's Australian Touring Car Championship round in 1977, then in the hands of Allan Moffat. The legendary Ford racer pedaled his Falcon GT to four round wins in five years at Oran Park in '73, '74, '76 and '77.

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Allan Moffat , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards , Jim Beam