Symmons Plains: Fujitsu Racing preview

FUJITSU RACING BEGIN STONE BROTHERS ALLIANCE AT SYMMONS PLAINS Jason Bright's Fujitsu Racing Ford Falcon will run with a Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) engine at the 13th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Falken Tasmania Challenge...

FUJITSU RACING BEGIN STONE BROTHERS ALLIANCE AT SYMMONS PLAINS

Jason Bright's Fujitsu Racing Ford Falcon will run with a Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) engine at the 13th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, the Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway on 21-23 November.

The decision to run with SBR power comes after the announcement that the Fujitsu Racing team will integrate with Stone Brothers Racing from 2009.

"To get moving on the 2009 plans we felt it was very important to start the transition now," said Bright.

"The SBR engine shop is extremely impressive and they have done a great job for not only themselves but also Triple Eight Race Engineering and Paul Cruickshank Racing.

"On the track we are really looking forward to seeing what it can do for our performance. We have been happy with our chassis this year and this could be a catalyst that jumps us up towards the front.

"I have always enjoyed racing in Tasmania, including my days in Formula Ford. The track keeps you very busy with some high-speed stuff and the tightest corner of the entire series."

Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater has been working with the team to ensure the transplant the SBR engine.

"It might be the same type of Ford Racing V8 engine, but there has been quite a bit of work to have the SBR engine marry with our chassis," said Slater.

"We now have it all sorted and are looking forward to seeing what it can provide us in Tassie.

"The engine change has given us some extra work, but it has not altered our normal preparation for Tassie.

"The track has plenty of character and we always seem to get some inclement weather sometime over the weekend as well to throw a cat amongst the pigeons. We are prepared for whatever challenge we will face."

AUSTRALIAN TV SCHEDULE
Seven Network -- Check Local Guides

Saturday 22 November
2:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

Sunday 23 November
2:00pm -- 5:30pm (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth)

ABOUT THE TRACK

Symmons Plains International Raceway opened in 1960 and after the closure of the Longford road circuit and quickly established its own reputation as Tasmania's home of touring car and championship motor racing. Over its 47-year history the venue has hosted rounds of every major Australian motor racing championship. It recently received a $3 million upgrade and now represents one the best motoring event facilities anywhere in Australia.


Circuit length: 2.4km
Circuit direction: Anti-clockwise
Average speed: 163 km/h
Maximum speed: 260 km/h
Current Qualifying Lap Record: Garth Tander, Holden Commodore VZ, 51.5657s, 2007
Current Race Lap Record: Steve Richards, Holden Commodore VZ, 52.0170s, 2005

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Steve Richards
Teams Triple Eight Race Engineering