Phillip Island: FPR preview

SEASON OF ENDURANCE Teams are preparing to enter the most dramatic part of the V8 Supercar Championship season as drivers pair-up to tackle the long-distance L&H 500 and Bathurst 1000. This weekend will see Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards...

SEASON OF ENDURANCE

Teams are preparing to enter the most dramatic part of the V8 Supercar Championship season as drivers pair-up to tackle the long-distance L&H 500 and Bathurst 1000.

This weekend will see Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards join forces in a bid to bring back the crown from leg one of the Season of Endurance: The L&H 500 at Phillip Island.

Last year the pair seemed to have the race won before a decision to brave a short downpour on slicks backfired as the rain continued to sheet down. They recovered to finish fourth.

This year, after a comprehensive test earlier in the month, Ford Performance Racing is equipped to finish the job.

Cars will be on track from 12:40 on Friday for practice. FPR will be sporting a new livery, due to be unveiled this afternoon, which will stay on the cars for the remainder of the year.

Mark Winterbottom 6 Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"We're looking forward not backwards and the way the car's going I think we can start getting a lot more points and be back where we should be.

"We've had a good test day targeting the areas where we've been lacking and confirming our set-up from Willowbank. The new set-up seemed to work quite well on the test day, which is encouraging because you need to back up a good performance to prove it's not a one-track set-up.

"I'm currently running sixth but third in the championship is definitely achievable. The Season of Endurance has 600 point on offer in two races; who knows what will happen to [championship leaders] Whincup and Davison?"

Steve Richards 6 Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"Last year was one of those drives where you don't get a lot of credit but there was a lot of self-satisfaction. If it had of rained two minutes less, we would have been looking good for the win but as it was we were almost lapped and ended up 18th when racing resumed. We came back to fourth, passing cars with one or two laps to go to get every last point. It was tough but it was good.

"I'm really looking forward to getting back in with Frosty and making a big contribution to getting on the podium. I think the FG around Phillip Island will have a big advantage over previous circuits we've been to. It seems to have more down-force and Phillip Island is a down-force circuit. Hopefully we'll be able to hold the gas down flat where we couldn't quite do that last year."

Mark Winterbottom is looking forward to the L&H 500 Both FPR cars will get a new livery from the L&H 500 onwards Steve Richards is confident of a podium this weekend Conditions at last year's L&H 500 went from bright sunshine ... ... to torrential rain

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Phillip Island