Perth: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR HEADS WEST FOR ROUND THREE May 8, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom cross the Nullabor Plain to Perth's Barbagallo Raceway this weekend for the third round of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar ...

FPR HEADS WEST FOR ROUND THREE

May 8, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom cross the Nullabor Plain to Perth's Barbagallo Raceway this weekend for the third round of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar Championship.

While the team's trans-Tasman achievement of second overall is a very good indication of FPR's intentions for round three, it is interesting to note that FPR has earned two places in the top ten shootout at each of the three Barbagallo events it has contested in its short three season history.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has won two of the last four V8 Supercar Championship rounds in Western Australia (2002 & 2004). In eight visits, the talented 34 year old driver has scored three podium finishes and has never finished the round lower than 11th. Last year he raced the CAT FPR Falcon to 8th overall. Bright is also the Barbagallo Raceway lap record holder, posting a fastest lap time of 55.9440 seconds in 2004.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom will be making his third V8 Supercar visit to Western Australia this weekend, the talented young driver having raced into the top ten at this venue in 2004. Winterbottom heads to Perth riding a wave of notoriety following his superb second place in New Zealand.

#6 Jason Bright - "The team has proven that it has the speed to be a force this season and I am looking forward to taking advantage of the gains that we have made in Perth. I have had some great races at this circuit in the past, it has been two years since I last won there and I have always enjoyed competing at Barbagallo Raceway. We head there this year in very strong form and I look forward to making the most of that."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "Barbagallo Raceway has been a good circuit for me in the past. It is similar to Pukekohe albeit somewhat slower. The undulating combination of corners and straights give it a character that is unique in this series. After racing to the podium in New Zealand, I am eager to do this again and we will be working hard to achieve this in Perth."

FPR Motorsport Director - Tim Edwards - "We head to Perth knowing that the problems we had in NZ are behind us and keen to show that our form at the last round wasn't a flash in the pan! In order to fully capitalise on this form this weekend, we have painstaikingly reviewed the data from both cars, looking for every possible further improvement. We are looking forward to continuing our podium form with both cars in Western Australia."

Perth's Barbagallo Raceway is hosting its 28th Australian Touring Car Championship / V8 Supercar round this year. This is a mid-speed circuit, ranked 7th out of the 13 V8 Supercar Championship venues for fastest average speed (156kph). The circuit is operated by the Western Australian Sporting Car Club, Australia's longest established promoter of circuit racing. The club's origins date back to 1927.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards