Oran Park: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR SEEKS SYDNEY VICTORY AT ORAN PARK RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND August 7, 2006 - The Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar team heads to the sole Sydney based V8 Supercar round of the 2006 Championship season this weekend at Oran Park ...

FPR SEEKS SYDNEY VICTORY AT ORAN PARK RACEWAY THIS WEEKEND

August 7, 2006 - The Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar team heads to the sole Sydney based V8 Supercar round of the 2006 Championship season this weekend at Oran Park Raceway.

The Oran Park round represents two significant milestones for the Prodrive team, being FPR's 50th race meeting - comprising of 36 championship rounds and four non Championship race appearances. The third and final race of the round will also be the 100th Championship race contested by FPR in the V8 Supercar Championship.

The state of New South Wales has previously been a happy hunting ground for Ford Performance Racing with five of its nine podiums having been gained at NSW circuits, including second overall at Oran Park in 2003.

FPR Falcon drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom will be seeking to surpass their previous best runner-up finishes gained with a determined mid season effort to boost their respective 8th and 5th place positions in the Driver's Championship standings.

Having started each of the past three V8 Supercar rounds from the front row, CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright offers Ford's major challenge in Sydney this weekend. The 33 year old Victorian racer has raced to three podium finishes out of his seven appearances at Oran Park Raceway to date, having raced to second in 2002 and having gained two third places in 1999 and 2004. After coming so close to winning two rounds this season and with his team fast becoming the class act of the V8 Supercar field, Bright is planning a very strong performance.

For the first time in Oran Park Raceway's 36 consecutive years of hosting a Championship round - which is also a record for the series, the Narellan circuit will feature a V8 Supercar race on Saturday. A favourite for Sydney's legion of V8 Supercar fans, the unique figure eight Oran Park layout always provides plenty of action, which is sure to be evident during the series' final reverse-grid race which will take place on Sunday morning.

BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom is no stranger to winning races from the rear of the field, having won his last reverse-grid V8 Supercar race in Sydney back in 2003. The 5th ranked driver in the 2006 title chase returns to his home state and to the circuit where the Ford protege raced to the top step of the podium as an up and coming racer during the 2002 Formula Ford Championship.

#6 Jason Bright - "I haven't won a round at Oran Park and it would be great to be able to do that this weekend. The recent circuits that we have raced at didn't have any elevation changes, so it will be great unleashing the CAT FPR Falcon on this kind of undulating circuit. There are many corners to get right at this venue and the surface can be tricky as well, so there is no doubt that the weekend will be a challenging one."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "This is my only home race of the season so I am very keen to make it a memorable one. Oran Park is without a doubt the most demanding circuit of the season in terms of chassis set-up. It is a major challenge to get your car absolutely right there. This is why it is so rewarding when you can achieve a victory there, which for me was back in 2002 in a Formula Ford. I really like the circuit layout because of the fact that it is so challenging for every driver."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "FPR's preparation for this round has been very detailed to solve the unexpected problems that we faced at Queensland Raceway. Armed with stong Oran Park circuit knowledge and experienced drivers, we expect to build on our third placing in the Team's Championship and at the same time push Mark and Jason closer to the top end of the Driver's Championship battle as we head towards the endurance races."

-credit: www.fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards