Queensland: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR CHASES VICTORY IN QUEENSLAND July 17, 2006 - After winning one race, claiming pole position and setting the fastest laps at each of the last two V8 Supercar Championship rounds, the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar team heads to ...

FPR CHASES VICTORY IN QUEENSLAND

July 17, 2006 - After winning one race, claiming pole position and setting the fastest laps at each of the last two V8 Supercar Championship rounds, the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar team heads to Queensland Raceway seeking the Prodrive team's first V8 Supercar round victory in three years.

FPR Falcon drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom bring acute Queensland Raceway circuit knowledge and field leading car speed to this weekend's three V8 Supercar races which mark the half way point of this highly competitive 13 round season.

The last time that Queensland Raceway hosted a multi-race round was back in 2000. Since then the Ipswich district circuit has only held single race mini-enduro (up to 300km) or maxi (500km) endurance races. This weekend's races represent the ninth V8 Supercar Championship round held at the 3.1 kilometre circuit.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has competed at Queensland Raceway on seven previous occasions, posting top five results four times. His best finish was at the track's inaugural meeting in July 1999 when he finished third overall. Later that year the V8 Supercar Championship returned to the circuit for the Queensland 500, with Bright, then a series rookie, taking Pole position. Bright will be seeking his third consecutive Pole position of the season this weekend, helping Ford to gain the blue oval marque's sixth consecutive Pole at Queensland Raceway.

BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom is looking forward to continuing the form that has seen him become the revelation of the 2006 season, the 25 year old having muscled his way into the Championship top five after as many rounds. Winterbottom has only twice competed in V8 Supercar races at Queensland Raceway, but he brings a distrinct advantage to this round. Winterbottom has driven thousands of testing kilometres around this circuit during his career with Queensland based Ford V8 Supercar teams.

Known this year as the BigPond 400, the three races of this round will actually be run over a total of 380 kilometres. There will be a 100 kilometre sprint race on Saturday and two 140 kilometre races on Sunday. The first race on Sunday will be in reverse grid format, while all of the three races include a compulsory pitstop for tyres.

#6 Jason Bright - "I have had some good races at Queensland Raceway but the round win has eluded me in the past. Our form at Winton and Darwin clearly indicates that we are in for a very strong performance at this round and this is the kind of circuit that best suits the CAT FPR Falcon. The other Ford teams will be mounting a major challenge but we know what we are capable of, so the goal remains to make it to the top step of the podium."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "This is a circuit that I know extremely well and I believe that it will suit my car very well. As so many of our Ford competitors test at Queensland Raceway, we will need to make the most out of our practice time to ensure that we meet the the challenge early. Given our speed throughout the first half of the season, I am confident that FPR will be mounting a very exciting challenge this weekend."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We are looking forward to taking our strong form to Queensland Raceway, a circuit which is very familiar to both of our drivers. Based on its surface and layout, we are expecting to be very strong - but we are also well aware that most of our Ford competitors use this venue as their primary test circuit, adding another factor to the usual close level of competition."

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards