FPR prepares for Sydney V8 Supercar battle this weekend. April 28, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway this weekend with high expectations following Craig Lowndes' resounding Phillip Island victory in...
FPR prepares for Sydney V8 Supercar battle this weekend.
April 28, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway this weekend with high expectations following Craig Lowndes' resounding Phillip Island victory in his CAT FPR BA Falcon a fortnight ago.
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton and Ford Performance Vehicles FPR Falcon driver David Besnard are also eager to race in Sydney despite the handicap of competing with the team's two older AU Falcons.
One of Sutherland Shire's best known motor racing drivers, 26 year old David Besnard always enjoys racing in his home city and rates this weekend's Eastern Creek event as being crucial to gaining valuable Championship points.
The FPR Falcons were amongst the fastest Ford V8 Supercars in the field at Phillip Island and with continued chassis, engine and suspension development, there is no doubt that Ford's newest V8 Supercar team will has more to deliver this year.
For Lowndes, the 2003 season could not have got off to a better start. The 28 year old triple V8 Supercar Champion finds himself in a highly competitive position with a new Ford team that many thought would not be able to make it to the top step of the podium until much later in its debut season.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "Our first win at Phillip Island has made the team hungrier than ever for more success at Eastern Creek, but we are under no illusions about the hard work that awaits us this weekend. I enjoy racing at Eastern Creek and gained a podium finish in third there last year. The changes we have made to the CAT FPR BA Falcon should find us more competitive in Sydney, while the racing structure with longer races such as this one suits our team's ability to think fast and develop intelligent race strategies."
#5 Glenn Seton - "I have set the goal of finishing in top the five at Eastern Creek to gain as many Championship points as I can - even though this won't be easy in the AU Falcon. The team has been working on extracting the most from the Ford Credit Falcon in Sydney as this circuit has been a very good hunting ground for me in the past. I like racing there and the team is in a very positive frame of mind heading into it."
#19 David Besnard - "It has been a difficult start to the year and I am facing a must-finish race this weekend. We made substantial improvements to the FPV FPR Falcon that we weren't able to display at Phillip Island. We believe that we will have a much better car at Eastern Creek, which is an excellent venue that I always enjoy competing at - we hope to put on a top show for the enthusiastic Sydney fans."
John Russell, FPR Chief Engineer - "As we had no damage to our cars after Phillip Island we used the opportunity to work on spares and to complete further engine work, while the team's second BA Falcon build is progressing very well. Hopefully this round will be Glenn's last in the AU. Our aim for Eastern Creek is for Craig to compete strongly within the top ten, for Glenn to continue his consistent form and we want to ensure a more competitive race for David."
John Russell will be joined by his former Williams Grand Prix Engineering colleague at Eastern Creek with Gary Woodward joining FPR as Chief Mechanic for the remainder of the season. Woodward, 41, was a lead mechanic with the B.A.R. Formula One Team last year.
FPR joins the V8 Supercar field for Sunday's exciting 300 kilometre race scheduled to start at 1:30pm. V8 Supercar Qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout will take place on Saturday.