Sandown: FPR preview

FPR'S SANDOWN HORSEPOWER Engineers at Ford Performance Racing are cautiously optimistic for this weekend's V8 Supercar Championship Series round at Sandown International Raceway, saying the Victorian track should suit the FPR Falcon down to the...

FPR'S SANDOWN HORSEPOWER

Engineers at Ford Performance Racing are cautiously optimistic for this weekend's V8 Supercar Championship Series round at Sandown International Raceway, saying the Victorian track should suit the FPR Falcon down to the ground.

The first few venues this season have not played to FPR's strengths and yet the outfit is still leading the team championship with drivers Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards in third and fifth respectively.

Sandown should see the turn of the tide, however, as the famous circuit's long straights play right into one of FPR's strengths: its engines. The workshop spends weeks putting together each of its 11 bespoke engines with exceptional attention to detail giving FPR's drivers some of the best equipment on the grid.

The evidence supports the theory, with Richo scoring a podium at Sandown's enduro round last year, after Frosty set pole, and FPR taking the round win in 2006.

Tim Edwards

Team Principal

"We're obviously quite optimistic about this weekend because we've had great results at Sandown for the last two years.

"In terms of how a car reacts at different circuits, we always fine tune to suit each track, just by adjusting the suspension settings. We've got our databases from previous years and know what works well and what doesn't, which is something we struggled with in the early days because we'd turn up blind.

"We definitely had a plan in 2005 that we were building for the future and we've well and truly arrived at that point now. It's time to put up or shut up!"

Mark Winterbottom

#5 Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon

"After the great result we had a Perth, I'm trying not to get ahead of myself! I want to let the results speak for themselves so I'm optimistic because we should go well at Sandown.

"This is my first ever sprint race there, which puts the emphasis on pit stops. The pit entry at Sandown is really difficult; it's very tight and the potential to hit the wall on the way in is quite high. In enduro races you just potter in but in sprint rounds you've got to get in quick so the pressure will be on. The start is also more important in a sprint round because leading is vital so you've got to be really aggressive."

Steven Richards

#6 Castrol FPR Falcon

"Sandown's big long straights require you to have quite a bit of horse power and our engines are great so I'm expecting us to be very competitive.

"I don't have a preference between sprint and enduros but I suppose with the shorter races there's three opportunities to start the car and you three good opportunities to get some results! It throws the cards in the air, not having the usual lead up to Bathurst, but we've run sprint races here in the past and I don't think it's going to be very different."

V8 Supercar Championship Series practice will begin on Saturday (7 June) at 12.50.

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards , Steven Richards