TOMAS ENGE SAMPLES V8 SUPERCAR AT WINTON RACEWAY April 10, 2006 - Aston Martin Racing World Sportscar driver Tomas Enge experienced his first taste of V8 Supercars today at Victoria's Winton Raceway, driving a Fujitsu Racing BA Falcon. The 29...
TOMAS ENGE SAMPLES V8 SUPERCAR AT WINTON RACEWAY
April 10, 2006 - Aston Martin Racing World Sportscar driver Tomas Enge experienced his first taste of V8 Supercars today at Victoria's Winton Raceway, driving a Fujitsu Racing BA Falcon.
The 29 year old winner of the final 2006 A1 Grand Prix of Nations event held in Shanghai (China) on April 2 took part in a shared FPR / Britek test day to gain his first V8 Supercar miles.
FPR utilised their grouping with Britek to spend the day vigorously testing the team's spare car, CAT FPR Falcon BA501, ahead of New Zealand's second round of the Championship to be held later this month. Both Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom drove the car, running though a detailed testing program which covered a total of 133 laps.
Both FPR drivers completed fastest laps within the 1min 23.5s range during the day, building on the strong car pace displayed during the opening races of the season.
Enge completed a total of 37 laps at Winton Raceway today in dry and sunny conditions, rating the experience as a challenging one, given his vast open wheeler and World Sportscar experience to date.
"My first impression of the V8 Supercar is that it is one of the most difficult racing cars to adapt to for a driver who has never raced a right hand side drive and H shift gearbox equipped car. Having said this, with every lap I felt more comfortable and improved my speed and understanding of these unique racing cars. Winton is probably not the best circuit to start learning how to drive a V8 Supercar, but like everyone else I had to adapt to the conditions. It is a matter of getting used to it, I was always very successful in GT cars - it just takes time and the help of a great team like FPR." he said.
"The V8 Supercar series has fantastic close racing which is very exciting to watch - many people I know in the Czech Republic enjoy watching the V8 Supercar races and I believe that it would be very exciting to compete in it. In every form of racing, every race driver wants to compete with as much power, grip and downforce as possible - the V8 Supercar series organisers have produced a set of rules which have found a balance in making this series very competitive and exciting to consider being a part of," Enge added.
According to CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright - "Today was very productive for us, particularly with Mark and I sharing the spare car that I will be running in New Zealand. I am pleased with our performance and the progress that we made today, particularly considering the number of set-ups and components that we tested."
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom continued his strong form throughout the day in the spare CAT FPR Falcon chassis. "The car is identical to mine so it responded exactly as we thought it would to the changes that we made - this made it a very smooth and productive day. Both Jason and I are pleased with it and we head to New Zealand having gained some excellent data."