Clipsal: Ford Performance Racng preview

FPR Armed For Battle in Adelaide March 15, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is armed for the start of the greatest battle of all when the 2004 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series starts at the exciting Adelaide Street Circuit this ...

FPR Armed For Battle in Adelaide

March 15, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is armed for the start of the greatest battle of all when the 2004 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series starts at the exciting Adelaide Street Circuit this weekend.

The first of 13 V8 Supercar rounds that visit every Australian mainland state and featuring two international races planned for New Zealand and China (provisional), the 2004 Championship is set to be the most competitive and challenging ever.

Adelaide's Clipsal 500 marks the team's second season with multiple Champion drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton. The Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar showcase races enabled the team to compare the team's 2003 FPR Falcon set up against a host of new and innovative engineering developments made for the 2004 cars. The benefits gained from back to back testing in V8 Supercar racing conditions have proven highly valuable in preparing for this weekend's two grueling 250 kilometre street races.

FPR drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton have kept busy since the Grand Prix, with Lowndes working on the Seven Network's "Road Wars", program that commences nationally on Saturday March 20 at 6:30pm. Seton has taken part in a host of media and sponsor commitments, including the Melbourne launch of the 2004 V8 Supercar Series.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "The Grand Prix races displayed the depth that exists within the Championship this season. With so many competitive drivers and teams, the season opening races in Adelaide are going to be fantastic. I love the street circuit and the entire event, it can be very hard work physically, but it can also be very rewarding. I have enjoyed some great races on the Adelaide Street Circuit and despite our Grand Prix showing, we do have a very strong car and I am looking forward to it."

#5 Glenn Seton - "I rate this event equally with Bathurst as the best race in the Championship. The atmosphere is fantastic and the competing on part of the old Formula One circuit is a thrill for any driver. The Clipsal 500 is a very challenging event as it is normally held in very high temperatures. The two 250 kilometre races this year are set to be the most competitive ever judging from the pace of the Grand Prix weekend. The fans are in for a great weekend and I'm eager to get the season off to a strong start in Adelaide."

FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "We look forward to starting the season in Adelaide and having the opportunity to redress some of the issues that hampered us at the Grand Prix. We also look forward to seeing where the team ranks against its direct competition at the season opener."

FPR returns to the Adelaide Street Circuit for two Practice sessions on Friday at 9:30am and 12:00pm, followed by qualifying at 2:05pm. The Clipsal 500 top ten shootout is scheduled for 4:35pm. (All times local) The first 78 lap / 250 kilometre leg will take place at 2:00pm, followed by Sunday's second leg, also starting at 2:00pm.

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Glenn Seton