Surfers Paradise: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR SEEKS MAXIMUM POINTS IN SURFERS STREET FIGHT October 17, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Queensland's Gold Coast this weekend for what is going to be a major Surfers Paradise street fight in Round 11 of the 13 round V8 Supercar...

FPR SEEKS MAXIMUM POINTS IN SURFERS STREET FIGHT

October 17, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Queensland's Gold Coast this weekend for what is going to be a major Surfers Paradise street fight in Round 11 of the 13 round V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Despite the drama of Bathurst, where both FPR Falcons were involved in accidents, the team has emerged from the endurance races in a strong position to gain a top five finish in the Championship, with CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright within 133 points of the top five drivers.

The unsung heroes of every motor racing team - the fabricators and machinists, have been working around the clock to ensure that both FPR Falcons are in prime form for the three challenging Surfers Paradise street races to be held over the weekend.

With every single point now counting towards the Championship, FPR's goal is to repeat and improve on the performance displayed at this event last season, where the FPR Falcons were amongst the fastest cars in the field.

A relative newcomer to the Championship, the challenging Surfers Paradise street circuit has been a points-earning event since 2002. (V8 Supercar involvement with this major international event spans from 1994 to present). Such is the popularity of V8 Supercars at this event, event organisers have decided to schedule the final V8 Supercar race of the round after the Gold Coast Indy 300 Champ Car race.

#6 Jason Bright - "This is one of the more difficult circuits in the Championship, particularly as there is no other circuit that we race on that has concrete around the complete edge of the circuit. It is important to have your brake package sorted at this event, and the heat will play a part as well as we have not raced in a warm climate for a while now. We are knocking on the door of the top five in the Championship so we are seeking a strong result this weekend."

#5 Greg Ritter - "Few circuits offer the excitement that the Sufers Paradise street circuit provides. I think that it is a great track - it is very challenging and there is absolutely no room for error. It is one of those circuits that really gets the heart pumping so I am looking forward to competing there again."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "I have heard a great deal about the Indy round and the team is eagerly looking forward to it as we are now within sight of our goal of a top five finish in the Championship.We have two very reliable cars, so the objective at this event will be to get on the pace early so we can push for a strong result."

Team FPR will travel to the Gold Coast from Melbourne in style on a privately chartered, all-business-class configured OzJet Boeing 737. Team members will be joined by team sponsor representatives, members of the media and Aviation tycoon and former Minardi Formula One Team owner Paul Stoddart - who will also be taking part in the event with FPR at Surfers Paradise.

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CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright will be racing with a very special helmet at the Gold Coast this weekend. The Victorian driver has agreed to have his helmet painted pink to raise awareness of Breast Cancer at this event. Following the Gillette Indy V8 Challenge, Jason's helmet will be auctioned to assist in raising funds for this most worthwhile of charities. All Ford factory supported V8 Supercars will also feature special windscreen banner signage to increase awareness of the on-going fight against Breast Cancer.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright will compete for the seventh time in a V8 Supercar on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Bright's 'Indy' experience extends to racing in the Queensland seaside venue's Champ Car race in 2000, where he ran as high as fourth before becoming innocently involved in another driver's accident. Bright lists his Indy / Champ Car start as the most memorable moment in his career.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter is making his second V8 Supercar appearance on the Gold Coast, having made his Surfers Paradise debut in 2002, driving the Briggs Motorsport CAT Racing AU Falcon.

Ford Performance Racing will be looking to continue its good form at Indy. Last year's CAT FPR Falcon driver Craig Lowndes finished race one in fourth, and was running second in race two when he brushed the wall in pursuit of race leader Greg Murphy. The #6 car also set race one's fastest lap.

Ford has the edge over Holden in terms of Surfers V8 Supercar success, posting six event wins since 1994, two more than its rival.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Craig Lowndes , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards
Teams AT Racing