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BEST MATES TEAM UP AGAIN Best mates, Dean Canto and Luke Youlden, have been confirmed as Ford Performance Racing's enduro drivers for a second consecutive year following outstanding performances in 2008. The experienced duo will get their...

BEST MATES TEAM UP AGAIN

Best mates, Dean Canto and Luke Youlden, have been confirmed as Ford Performance Racing's enduro drivers for a second consecutive year following outstanding performances in 2008.

The experienced duo will get their first drive of the FPR FG Falcon this weekend at Winton Raceway during Friday's practice. There will be three further practice sessions at V8 Supercar events, plus FPR test days, before the L&H 500 at Phillip Island on September 13 and Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 11.

Last year the pair, who drove Car Five, impressed the team with a strong drive at Bathurst, running second before radiator debris forced an unscheduled stop. They finished seventh.

Youlden and Canto will be at the helm for a 35-minute session this Friday as part of event three of the V8 Supercar Championship Series calendar.

Luke Youlden

"It's always good to drive with your mates but Dean and I are a good match anyway because we're similar in speed so not limited in strategy. The only negative is that Dean is a fair bit shorter but that's just a matter of working on pit stops, seat inserts and seat belts a little bit earlier than everyone else.

"I want to be racing at the highest level so to do that at two of the biggest races on the calendar is a real accomplishment. Obviously 888 is the team to beat at the moment but I'm very confident in FPR's ability to give me a good car. Bathurst is still a fair way off and the car's nearly there; I'm sure the engineers will unlock its potential."

Dean Canto

"I'm familiar with the boys and we know how each other works so I'll know where to start straight away. FPR has a lot of resources behind them and a good engineering team. They definitely look after the drivers and everyone involved. It's a very happy environment and all the guys are very passionate about the result."

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"We had considered going after a high-profile international name but having consistency is more important. Drivers who know the team, know the way we work, understand our cars etc… saves going through that learning curve.

"Dean and Luke did a commendable job last year and, barring any problems with the car, they're genuine contenders for a top five finish."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Dean Canto , Luke Youlden , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island