Symmons Plains: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR TAKES FIELD LEADING PACE ACROSS BASS STRAIT November 8, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Tasmania this weekend for the 11th Round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Champioship Series, the Ferodo Triple Challenge being held at Launceston's...

FPR TAKES FIELD LEADING PACE ACROSS BASS STRAIT

November 8, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Tasmania this weekend for the 11th Round of the 2006 V8 Supercar Champioship Series, the Ferodo Triple Challenge being held at Launceston's Symmons Plains Raceway.

FPR takes its field leading FPR Falcons and two of the fastest drivers in V8 Supercars to Symmons Plains with 3rd placed Mark Winterbottom and 7th placed Jason Bright both seeking strong results to elevate their standings at this business end of the season.

Last year, the Tasmanian circuit was the scene of FPR's emergence as a regular V8 Supercar pace-setter following CAT FPR Falcon driver Bright's second fastest lap in qualifying and the outstanding car speed displayed from both FPR Falcons during the three sprint races.

Symmons Plains is the V8 Supercar Series' fourth fastest circuit, with only Pukekohe (NZ), Bathurst and Phillip Island boasting a faster average lap speed. The exciting 2.4 kilometre circuit layout features the Championship's slowest corner - the hairpin, which is negotiated at just 55km/h. This circuit also has the distinction of being the shortest lap of any on the Championship trail, making fast pit stops imperative for success.

FPR will be looking to build upon its best ever team result gained on the streets of Surfers Paradise three weeks ago, where for the first time both FPR Falcons finished in the top four. Winterbottom finished the Surfers Paradise round as runner-up, gaining the 25 year old's third podium finish of the season, while Bright finished just off the podium in fourth. Winterbottom heads to Tasmania 288 points adrift of rival Rick Kelly and 318 points behind series leader Craig Lowndes.

Bright made his V8 Supercar debut at Symmons Plains in 1997 and has since competed at the venue's V8 Supercar round five times with a best round result of fifth overall in 1998. The 33 year old Victorian has finished inside the top five in individual races at the venue on four occasions, while team mate Winterbottom has competed twice before at Symmons Plains.

This round marks the start of a hectic final three rounds of the Championship extending from Tasmania to Bahrain (Nov 23-25) and back to Victoria's Phillip Island for the series' grand finale. (Dec 8-10).

#6 Jason Bright - "We had a very strong run in Tasmania last year and it marked the start of a major turn-around for the team in the development of our FPR Falcons. I am looking forward to racing there again as I have some unfinished business at this circuit from last year and we head to Symmons Plains very well prepared following our recent test day. I am very confident about our chances in each of the final three rounds of the season and we have everything in place to give Tasmania's blue oval racing fans a lot to cheer about this weekend."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "We head to Tasmania in good shape following our final test day of the year where we were able to do race distance tests to ensure that we make the most of our tyres at Symmons Plains and at the remaining rounds of the season. I want to win a round on my own this year and after having experienced two average rounds at this venue in the past, I am excited about my chances this year, as our team is very strong. As important as it is to consistently gain points, winning races is what I need to do in order to continue shaking up the top end of the Championship."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "Having completed our final test day of the year, we head to this third last round of the series in very strong form. Both drivers are seeking a major points haul at Symmons Plains, so to go one better than we did at Surfers Paradise is the ultimate goal."

Round 11 once again comprises of three sprint races this year, Saturday's opening sprint race will cover 100 kilometres (42 laps) and both of Sunday's races will be 140 kilometres (53 laps) in length.

-credit: www.fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Craig Lowndes , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island