FPR heads west with podium plans June 2, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Western Australia this weekend for the fifth round of the 2003 Australian V8 Supercar Championship with plans for a return to the podium form already...
FPR heads west with podium plans
June 2, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to Western Australia this weekend for the fifth round of the 2003 Australian V8 Supercar Championship with plans for a return to the podium form already displayed by this new three car Ford Falcon V8 Supercar team earlier in the season.
CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes is a four time Perth V8 Supercar round winner, making the 28 year old a major fan of the 2.4 kilometre Barbagallo circuit - a challenging layout that combines high speed straights with sweeping and tight turns along with an abrasive surface that demands tyre conservation.
Double Champion Ford Credit FPR BA Falcon driver Glenn Seton will be competing in his second race with the team's newest BA Falcon, this time with the benefit of the detailed performance data gained at Victoria's Winton Raceway at fortnight ago, where he finished just outside the top ten.
Both Lowndes and Seton enjoy a major blue oval army following in Perth and together with their FPV FPR Falcon team mate David Besnard, represent a serious Ford challenge for overall honours at Barbagallo this weekend.
The exciting race format in Perth will consist of three 50 kilometre sprints, the first time this format has been used this season, adding another challenging dimension to this year's grueling 13 round Championship.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "I have enjoyed great success at Barbagallo so it is always enjoyable to compete there. I am really looking forward to the change in format to three sprint races which will require us to get the most from our CAT Falcon in a short timeframe. This track destroys tyres and is hard on brakes, so there is quite a bit for us to look out for."
#5 Glenn Seton - "With one race under our belt in the new car, I'm looking forward to better competitiveness at Barbagallo. The change in format to three sprint races is a good thing and an extra challenge to the team. The surface is very hard on tyres, so the weekend represents a major challenge to see how our newest BA Falcon performs around there. "
#19 David Besnard - "I finished third at this round last year and set the quickest lap of the weekend - this is a track I enjoy because it is always challenging. It demands an aggressive style of driving, but because the circuit is so absrasive it is a fine line between being over aggressive and conserving your tyres."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "FPR takes on another challenge at Barbagallo following a lacklustre weekend at Winton. With Glenn in the second race proven FPR BA Falcon, we are at last able to apply our combined data to fast track our set-up. The three race format presents another new discipline for the team, but will allow us to develop the set-up of the cars in race conditions throughout the weekend. "
This weekend's V8 Supercar racing in Perth starts with race one at 4:10pm (6:10pm EST) Saturday, with a further two races to be held at 10:35am and 1:00pm (12:35 and 3:00pm EST) on Sunday. Fans can follow the team's progress with up to the minute practice, qualifying and race results posted on the team website throughout the weekend at www.fpv.com.au.
FPR drivers' favourite sections of the Barbagallo circuit:
Glenn Seton - Turn 3 - I like this corner because it is elevated, the car gets light here and its crucial to use the kerb on the inside to stop you running wide into the braking area of turn four.
Craig Lowndes - Turn 5 - This is a great section of the circuit because you enter the corner blind and it is crucial to set the car up on the entry to get good exit speed for the run down to turn six which represents a good overtaking opportunity.
David Besnard - Turn 7 - This is a fun corner because it is fast down the hill and one of the hardest braking corners in Australia. You have to get this right for the run down the main straight - it is also the best overtaking spot on the circuit.