Winton: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR HEADS TO HOME CIRCUIT FOR FOURTH V8 SUPERCAR ROUND May 29, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to the Victorian team's test circuit this weekend for the fourth round of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar Championship. Winton Motor ...

FPR HEADS TO HOME CIRCUIT FOR FOURTH V8 SUPERCAR ROUND

May 29, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to the Victorian team's test circuit this weekend for the fourth round of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar Championship.

Winton Motor Raceway, located near the regional Victorian town of Benalla, will host its 21st Australian Touring Car Championship / V8 Supercar round this weekend. The venue was re-instated to the V8 Supercar Championship calendar earlier this year following the cancellation of the Shanghai Round. After a one year absence, the challenging circuit returns to the series to the delight of the many thousands of regional Victorian and Southern New South Wales based V8 Supercar fans.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has a remarkable V8 Supercar record at Winton. He is the Winton lap record holder and won the round in 2002, making him one of only six current V8 Supercar drivers to have stood on the top step of the podium there. Bright has also twice finished runner-up (1999 and 2003) and finished third in 2004, fourth in 2001 and sixth on Championship debut in 1998.

BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom has also enjoyed V8 Supercar success at Winton, taking a Development Series victory at the venue in 2003.

Both FPR Falcon drivers are encouraged by the team's strong form during the three test days completed so far at Winton, the most recent being last Tuesday (May 23), where both drivers set their fastest lap times yet after completing a thorough testing programme.

#6 Jason Bright - " I enjoy racing at Winton - this is one of those circuits that when you have set up your car to work well there, it can be really good fun behind the wheel. I have had some great races there and if there is any circuit where we can make the most of our advantage it is Winton - as this is our home circuit. This won't make the racing much easier though, as we share the circuit as a testing venue with so many good teams. As we have shown this season, the team is more than capable of racing to the podium - so we head there aiming to win it."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - " I'm glad that Winton is back on the calendar as it is one of the most technical circuits in the series. The relatively short circuit length hides some 16 turns that you can gain or lose time with and I enjoy this challenge. We have also improved our pace during each of our three test days there this season. Winton is also a special circuit for me personally as I had my first drive of a race car there in a Formula Ford and I won the Development Series round there in a Falcon in 2003. Looking at our form this season, I believe that my best Winton experience is yet to come."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "While I haven't experienced a V8 Supercar race at Winton, I believe that our testing there this season gives the team some advantages, albeit shared with a number of other Victorian teams. We approach this round with the goal of winning, particularly after coming so close in both New Zealand and Perth."

Winton may be the circuit with the slowest average speed in the series, (130kph) but its twisting layout ensures exciting racing. Historic rivals Ford and Holden are tied at six victories each out of the last 12 Winton V8 Supercar rounds, with one manufacturer set to draw ahead following this weekend.

-fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards