Symmons Plains: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR On a Mission at Symmons November 8, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton return to a happy hunting ground at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway for the first time in five years this weekend. Lowndes and...

FPR On a Mission at Symmons

November 8, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes and Glenn Seton return to a happy hunting ground at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway for the first time in five years this weekend.

Lowndes and Seton have raced to six podium finishes in Tasmania (including two round victories for Lowndes 1996 and 1998 and one round victory for Seton in 1992), making them two of the most successful current drivers heading across Bass Strait for the weekend's three 100 kilometre races. Lowndes is also the current V8 Supercar lap record holder at the Launceston circuit.

Expected to be one of the biggest sporting events ever held in the state of Tasmania, this weekend's 12th round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship should also be one of the most competitive ever staged on the 2.4 kilometre circuit.

FPR's two challengers for the round, Lowndes' CAT FPR Falcon and Seton's Ford Credit FPV Falcon, have undergone meticulous preparation for this important penultimate round. This has included further engine development, capitalising on the team's improved car speed displayed during last month's Gold Coast round.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "I think that the CAT FPR Falcon has the power and the brake package to perform very strongly at Symmons Plains. This will be my first Tasmanian round in a Ford, so we are eager to stamp a strong blue oval result there. I have no doubt that Marcos Ambrose will be hard to beat - he is always a tough competitor, and being his first ever home round he will be determined to win it. FPR has been very strong since Bathurst and the team has been working on further engine improvements, so our Tasmanian fans should get ready for a very exciting penultimate round."

#5 Glenn Seton - "It is fantastic to see the series return to Tasmania, giving our Championship a truly national reach. I have sorely missed this round since the last time I competed there in 1999. I have had some fantastic races at Symmons Plains - this circuit has been a very happy hunting ground in the past and Judging by the team's current form we are major podium contenders this weekend."

FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "FPR looks forward to a new challenge at Symmons Plains on the back of our strong performances at the last two rounds. The team intends to carry on this momentum and is looking for a podium result."

The Tasmanian Triple Challenge will comprise of three races, each of a distance of 100 kilometres. Race one takes place on Saturday (4:00pm) and the two further races to decide the round will be held on Sunday (12:05pm & 3:00pm). All three races will include one compulsory pit stop.

-fpr-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Craig Lowndes , Glenn Seton