Townsville: FPR preview

FPR LOOKING TO GO ONE BETTER IN TOWNSVILLE Ford Performance Racing (FPR) will be looking to continue their new found form when their FPR Falcons hit the streets of Townsville later this week. After posting their first win of the season just...

FPR LOOKING TO GO ONE BETTER IN TOWNSVILLE

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) will be looking to continue their new found form when their FPR Falcons hit the streets of Townsville later this week.

After posting their first win of the season just over a fortnight ago in Darwin, the Campbellfield-based outfit will continue to apply the new technology that has afforded them an invigorated track presence.

"There has been the perception that we have been sitting on our hands waiting for the control cam shaft to come in and solve all our problems," FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards said.

"It would be nice if it were that easy but the truth is we have put in some major hours to find the speed we enjoyed in Darwin," Edwards added.

"Between Homebush and Abu Dhabi we redesigned and manufactured a totally new front suspension package - in Adelaide we implemented a new brake cooling package, and in Darwin we ran a totally revised front and rear suspension geometry set-up, things that don't just come out of a box.

"Add to that, we've designed and manufactured a completely new driver cool suit and going into Townsville we will have a new engine upgrade … so we've hardly been taking it easy," Edwards said.

"The result of our recent performance has been a combination of everything on the car working the way it should and the drivers being able to manage and channel the changes they need to get that extra tenth … something that since the Middle East has proved elusive."

Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon pilot Mark Winterbottom scored his first V8 Supercar race win of the season in the last event at Hidden Valley and backed it up with another podium finish on the Sunday, while Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon racer Steve Richards also managed to post some of the fastest laps of the race on Sunday for a top ten finish.

"A win in Darwin was exactly what we needed," Frosty said.

"We've worked so hard this year to get things where they are now … and I'm really understanding the way it (car) behaves - it's far more predictable now which the way it should be so hopefully we'll be up the front again this weekend," he added.

Frosty now sits fifth in the championship, just 68 points behind fellow Ford racer Shane van Gisbergen.

Also making a return to the track this weekend are FPR's enduro drivers James Moffat and Luke Youlden.

Moffat will pilot the Norton 360 Ford Rising Stars Racing Falcon will be leading the charge in round four of the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series in Townsville.

Despite being an uncustomary sixth in the championship, Moffat has very good history in Townsville. Last year he dominated the Fujitsu Series round at the circuit, taking pole and two race victories to win the round.

Also joining him on the grid will be his FPR compatriot Luke Youlden, who will line up in the Matthew White Racing Falcon BF in an effort to get some additional mileage under his belt prior to suiting up for the endurance events later this year.

"It's not so much the extra miles that is the benefit, but the opportunity to get laps on green (new) tyres … you don't get that chance in testing anymore," Youlden said.

"I'm anticipating being competitive, but we'll be up against some pretty good guys. I think it will probably be one of the better races of the year," he added.

-source: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Matthew White , Steve Richards , Shane van Gisbergen , James Moffat , Tim Edwards