Albert Park: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR Celebrates First Birthday at The Grand Prix March 2, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) caps off a truly momentous week in the history of this young blue oval V8 Supercar team with this weekend's Netspace V8 Supercar Challenge races at the...

FPR Celebrates First Birthday at The Grand Prix

March 2, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) caps off a truly momentous week in the history of this young blue oval V8 Supercar team with this weekend's Netspace V8 Supercar Challenge races at the 2004 Fosters Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

This event marks this major Ford V8 Supercar team's first birthday and follows the frantic pace of the team's pre season promotional activities that included a completely new livery launch, and the official opening of the team's state of the art race headquarters in Campbellfield last Sunday, which attracted approximately 10,000 Ford fans.

The immense job of fitting out and moving into the team's new headquarters while re-engineering the team's BA Falcon V8 Supercars during the summer has taken its toll on the team's ability to test before this 2004 curtain raiser.

Although the three Grand Prix V8 Supercar showcase races do not form a part of the V8 Supercar Championship series, without the benefit of a pre-race test FPR is prepared for a great deal of hard work ahead in order to be competitive on the fast 5.3 kilometre Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.

FPR's new two BA Falcon V8 Supercar line up for 2004 will take to the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit for the first time this Thursday for a busy opening day. Champion drivers Craig Lowndes (CAT FPR Falcon) and Glenn Seton (Ford Credit FPV Falcon) will practice and qualify for the chance to compete in the first Grand Prix Top Ten Shootout, taking place at the end of the day.

The bumper V8 Supercar field will then compete in one race each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The CAT FPR Falcon being driven by triple V8 Supercar Champion and 1999 Albert Park V8 Supercar event winner Craig Lowndes will debut in its full 2004 specification, featuring a host of detailed engineering changes over the 2003 configuration.

The Ford Credit FPV Falcon belonging to 1996 Albert Park V8 Supercar event winner Glenn Seton will be racing in its 2003 configuration at this event, enabling the team to assess vital back to back performance data during the weekend.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "I've had some ups and downs at the Grand Prix and I'd like to change those fortunes around as it has been a while between wins at Albert Park. It will be a bit of a tall order with an untested and fully re-designed car, but together with our race engineers we will make the most of it and learn much more for the season ahead. This isn't all that different to last year at the Grand Prix, where we were a definite top ten package with a brand new car that had only very limited testing miles."

#5 Glenn Seton - "I always enjoy racing at Albert Park as I won the first V8 Supercar race held there and it is a great event to kick off our racing for 2004. I have been eager to race again during the summer and although we missed our opportunity to test before this event, we will make the most of it to assist in developing our cars for the long season ahead. There is no doubt that it will be a competitive weekend and I'm looking forward to it."

FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "We have a tough weekend ahead of us, but I am sure that everyone is eager to see how the field competes at this pre-season opener. We had a successful debut with the 2003 car last year and we hope to emulate that with our 2004 challengers."

The three Netspace V8 Supercar Challenge races at the Grand Prix will take place at 3:25pm Friday, 4:00pm Saturday and 10:37am Sunday.

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Glenn Seton