Queensland: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR PLANS TO GO ONE BETTER AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY IN 2007 July 17, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) returns to Queensland's home of motorsport, Queensland Raceway, for the 7th Round of the 2007 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series this...

FPR PLANS TO GO ONE BETTER AT QUEENSLAND RACEWAY IN 2007

July 17, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) returns to Queensland's home of motorsport, Queensland Raceway, for the 7th Round of the 2007 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend.

This completion of this round marks the half way point of the fiercely contested 2007 series. After racing to a strong runner-up finish at Queensland Raceway last season, the goal of every FPR team member is to take the next step up on the podium this year with drivers Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom.

Currently placed 7th (Richards) and 8th (Winterbottom) in the Championship standings, strong performances at Queensland Raceway will enable the Castrol FPR Falcon and Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon drivers to rapidly improve their positions in order to mount a serious second half of season challenge.

This is the 11th time that the Willowbank circuit (near Ipswich) has hosted a V8 Supercar Round. Castrol FPR Falcon driver Richards has competed at every round held at the venue, with three podium finishes to his credit. The ultra-consistent Victorian driver has finished in the top six in four out of his last five visits to Queensland Raceway.

Winterbottom's first FPR appearance at Queensland Raceway last season saw him finish 7th overall. The 25 year old driver has amassed thousands of testing kilometres at this sunshine state circuit during his early career and is very familiar with the intricacies of its paper-clip styled layout. The Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver is making his fourth V8 Supercar appearance at the Willowbank circuit this weekend.

#6 Steve Richards - "Considering Queensland raceway is the home of all Queensland teams, it has been kind to me since it opened for business in 1999. While it may not be the most exhilarating circuit that we drive on, it has played host to some incredibly memorable races over the years. It is a great spectator's track and provides great racing because of the long straights and hard braking zones. The FPR Falcons were both very competitive here last year, so a great result is on the cards if we fulfil our potential. It would be great to get the Castrol FPR Falcon on the podium this weekend."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "I didn't gain the result that I was capable of last year at Queensland and as a result we missed out on what should have been a double podium for the team. We head to this weekend's round in strong form, ready for a challenging and more rewarding team result compared to our compromised round at Darwin. It has been a long time waiting for a podium result this season and I have done more laps at Queensland Raceway than most, so I'm eager to get back on the track with a car and team that I know can get the job done."

FPR Team Principal, Tim Edwards - "We start the second half of the season with the intention of bolting out of the blocks at Queensland Raceway in the strongest form possible. This is the home circuit of several of our major competitors but that didn't stop us from being very strong there last year so while it will be another closely fought round, we are heading there with the clear intention of going one better than our runner-up finish last season."

Established in 1999 as the permanent home of motor racing in Queensland, this 3.1 kilometre circuit features a unique combination of four straights and a series of constant radius corners on a wide and smooth surface. The weekend's action starts with two hours of practice on Friday afternoon, followed by the 55 minute qualifying session and the 38 lap opening race on Saturday at 3:35pm. A further two 38 lap races on Sunday at 11:00am and 1:40pm will decide the round.

Immediately following this round (Monday July 23) both FPR Falcon drivers and the FPR B-Double merchandise transporter will be setting out to visit their sunshine state fans on a special FPR Queensland Road Trip. Organised in collaboration with FPR major sponsors Castrol and Orrcon, this five day, 1,400 kilometre trip will see Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom making several public appearances at Ford dealer locations in the towns of Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville. To find out more about where fans can meet up with FPR during the 2007 Queensland Road Trip fans can visit www.fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards