Phillip Island: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR FIRED UP FOR V8 SUPERCAR GRAND FINAL November 21, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and David Brabham head to Victoria's Phillip Island ready for a strong showing in the V8 Supercar Series Grand Final this ...

FPR FIRED UP FOR V8 SUPERCAR GRAND FINAL

November 21, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and David Brabham head to Victoria's Phillip Island ready for a strong showing in the V8 Supercar Series Grand Final this weekend.

The V8 Supercar Championship Series return to Phillip Island after a one year absence finds FPR as the defending Champions, the Prodrive team having gained its first round win at the seaside circuit during its maiden season in 2003.

Having completed the team's final test day of the season last Thursday at Phillip Island, the team is confident that Bright and Brabham will have the speed that they need to gain a long overdue podium finish.

FPR is the only Ford team to test at this 4.4km circuit, the home to the Australian Superbike and MotoGP Grands Prix, giving the team a significant home track advantage for the first time this season.

#6 Jason Bright - "It is good to be heading to the circuit where we have done the most running this year. We had a successful test day last week and we head to this round better prepared than ever. We plan to show the same speed and competitiveness that we did in Tasmania two weeks ago - except we know exactly what to expect at the Island. Nothing would please me more than to end the season on a major high."

#5 David Brabham - "I am looking forward to racing at Phillip Island as I have now had the opportunity to get much more familiar with the cars and the team. I have tested there twice this season, so the circuit is not an unknown to me as was the case at Symmons Plains. We were also able to try some development parts during our test last week that worked well. I feel that I have a bit more to learn, but having said that I am confident of my own, the team and Jason's chances this weekend.

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "After the progress we've made with the car over the last month and the pace we showed in Tasmania we go into this last round determined to show our form. The team have worked tirelessly this year to produce two reliable and competitive cars and a good result would be a just reward for their efforts."

This weekend's BigPond Grand Finale will comprise of three V8 Supercar races, one on Saturday (100km) and two on Sunday (both 140km). All three races include compulsory pit stops for tyres.

FPR PHILLIP ISLAND FACT FILE

Hot on the heels of Jason Bright reaching the 100-round milestone at Surfers Paradise, the CAT FPR Falcon driver will notch up his 200th championship race start when he grids up for race one at Phillip Island.

FPR is the defending Phillip Island V8 Supercar Champion, having won the only V8 Supercar round held at the venue since the team's inaugural season (2003). That event, which was FPR's third ever race meeting, saw two of the three FPR Falcons finish in the top ten.

Jason Bright has raced at Phillip Island on five occasions in V8 Supercars, twice finishing on the podium. He has gained top five finishes in four out of his five appearances at the Victorian seaside circuit.

Jason Bright finished second at the most recent Phillip Island round, in April 2003, behind the race-winning #6 CAT FPR Falcon which was driven by Craig Lowndes.

Jason Bright has a long history of success at Phillip Island in junior categories. Ten years ago he won the Formula Ford round at the Victorian circuit, (sharing the podium with current Formula 1 driver Mark Webber), en-route to the 1995 Australian Formula Ford Championship. Two years later he won the Island's Formula Holden round in his Gold Star (Australian Drivers' Championship) year, winning both heats.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver David Brabham will be making his debut V8 Supercar race appearance at Phillip Island this weekend, and only his second "solo" V8 Supercar start.

Phillip Island holds a special place in Australian motorsport history, as this was the venue for the first ever "Great Race" back in 1960, known then as the Armstrong 500. This sedan / touring car endurance classic was then moved to Mount Panorama in 1963, eventually becoming the Bathurst 1000.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Webber , David Brabham , Jason Bright , Craig Lowndes , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island