Winton: Ford Performance Racing preview

July 19, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton head to Victoria's Winton Raceway this weekend armed with two identical FPR BA Falcon V8 Supercars and testing data for the first time this season. After having...

July 19, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton head to Victoria's Winton Raceway this weekend armed with two identical FPR BA Falcon V8 Supercars and testing data for the first time this season.

After having completed the team's first two day test at the 3.1 kilometre regional Victorian circuit early last week, FPR is ready to take part in a more challenging second half of the 2004 season at this seventh of thirteen V8 Supercar rounds.

The completion of Seton's new Ford Credit FPV Falcon is a major step in the right direction, with Seton and his CAT FPR Falcon equipped team mate Lowndes now being able accurately compare set up notes at all remaining rounds, starting with this weekend's fierce V8 Supercar battle that awaits at Winton Raceway.

With Lowndes yet to win a V8 Supercar round at Winton and with his team mate Seton having last won a race at this twisty circuit four years ago, the timing is right for a welcome return to the podium by both FPR drivers.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "I'm looking forward to racing at Winton, particularly at this time of year when it is very likely that it could get wet during the 300 kilometre race. This circuit has eluded me in a V8 Supercar and there's nothing I'd like more than to change that this Sunday. I am happier now that we have our first test done and we will be competing at Winton knowing which direction we need to head in from the start."

#5 Glenn Seton - "We have the opportunity to make the most from the data gained at our first test of the season so I am feeling more confident heading into the Winton round compared to any of the other races this season. This will be my first race in the new car and being identical to Craig's, we should be able to take advantage of cross referencing data, giving us the ability to improve faster from set up changes."

FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "Following our test at Winton the team has had the chance to address a number of items that have produced our poor reliability record this year. We were also able to gather valuable data to help us understand and address the specific areas where we lack performance in the chassis. Some of those can be addressed prior to this coming weekend. With this in mind the team aims for improved car performance and race finishes"

FPR heads to the track for opening practice on Friday at 2:00pm, with a busy day of practice, qualifying and the top ten shootout on Saturday starting at 9:25am. The fierce 100 lap race (with two compulsory pit stops) gets the green light at 1:00pm on Sunday.

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Glenn Seton