Symmons Plains: Ford Performance Racing preview

DAVID BRABHAM RETURNS FOR FINAL TWO V8 SUPERCAR ROUNDS November 8, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Tasmania's Symmons Plains this weekend with endurance driver David Brabham resuming his V8 Supercar driving duties behind the wheel...

DAVID BRABHAM RETURNS FOR FINAL TWO V8 SUPERCAR ROUNDS

November 8, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Tasmania's Symmons Plains this weekend with endurance driver David Brabham resuming his V8 Supercar driving duties behind the wheel of the Ford Credit FPV Falcon for the final two rounds of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship.

Lining up alongside Jason Bright's CAT FPR Falcon as a competitor rather than his co-driver, Brabham is eager to return to Australia and compete in his own FPR Falcon at these final two rounds, starting with this weekend's Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains and continuing at Phillip Island's V8 Supercar Grand Finale from November 25-27.

Brabham has gained one victory and two top five finishes after competing in selected ALMS (American Le Mans Series) races for Prodrive international Sportscar team Aston Martin Racing. The Australian driver also finished third in the GT Class standings at this year's Le Mans 24 Hour.

Round 12 heralds a welcome return to the apple isle for the V8 Supercar Championship teams following the unforgiving concrete walls and relentless heat of the Surfers Paradise round three weeks ago. Both FPR Falcon drivers are expected to benefit from further suspension developments gained during the season at this tight yet exciting 2.4 kilometre circuit - the shortest lap of any venue in the Championship.

#6 Jason Bright - "With the progress we made with the CAT FPR Falcon at Indy, Tasmania could not come soon enough. We have been focusing on two specific areas that we needed to improve on and we made significant gains between Bathurst and Indy, so it will be interesting to see how these transfer to Symmons Plains. I also believe that they have resurfaced the circuit which I am sure will suit out car quite well. With the Championship coming to a close I still have a couple more positions to gain so it would be great to finish the year on a high note and have the Championship in our sights for 2006."

#5 David Brabham - "After returning to the UK for a bit of R&R, I now find my way back to Australia for some more V8 Supercar racing that I am really looking forward to. The Tasmanian round will be an interesting experience for me as I will have my own car to play with and three sprint races. I know the FPR guys well so settling into the team will be no problem. I hear that the team made some good progress with the car at Surfers, so I am looking forward to see how the Ford Credit FPV Falcon runs at this venue. The last time I was in Tassie was to compete in the 1993 Targa, so I am looking forward to returning there."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "With only two rounds to go, we now feel we have a car capable of challenging for a podium finish and will be making every effort to achieve this. We've learnt an enormous amount this year especially over the last few rounds and now it's time show our potential."

Tasmanian V8 Supercar action starts with a two hour practice session on Friday afternoon, followed by qualifying, the top ten shoot-out and the first 42 lap / 100 kilometre race on Saturday. Sunday's two races will start at 12:20pm and 2:05pm.

FPR SYMMONS PLAINS FACT FILE

Symmons Plains was the scene of Jason Bright's V8 Supercar debut, in 1997. Bright substituted for former Garry Rogers Motorsport driver Steven Richards, who was attempting to further his career in Britain. The then 24 year old Bright impressed many by finishing the round in the top ten, during a meeting that was dogged by inclement weather.

Jason Bright has raced at Symmons Plains four times with a best round result of fifth in 1998. The Victorian has finished inside the top five on four occasions in individual races, with a best result of second in race three last year.

Jason Bright has a long history of success at Symmons Plains, finishing on the Formula Ford podium in his Championship year, 1995. Bright was second for the round (winning one heat), behind Gavin Monaghan and ahead of current Williams Formula One Team driver Mark Webber - who will also visit this event.

The CAT FPR Falcon finished last year's Symmons Plains round fourth overall.

David Brabham will be making his Tasmanian V8 Supercar debut this weekend. This will also be the first time, other than during an endurance race, that the accomplished World Sportscar and ex Formula One driver has competed "solo" in a round of the Championship.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Webber , David Brabham , Jason Bright , Garry Rogers , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island
Teams Williams , Aston Martin Racing , Garry Rogers Motorsport