Winton: Ford Performance Racing preview

FPR WELL PREPARED FOR WINTON WEEKEND May 14, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to first of three home rounds this season at Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. Fresh from two fast-paced days of development testing at the ...

FPR WELL PREPARED FOR WINTON WEEKEND

May 14, 2007 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) heads to first of three home rounds this season at Victoria's Winton Motor Raceway this weekend. Fresh from two fast-paced days of development testing at the regional Victorian circuit, the Prodrive team is well prepared for what is sure to be a close three race contest.

FPR Falcon drivers Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom have displayed outstanding car pace during the opening three rounds of the 2007 season, but while constantly accumulating valuable Championship points, the team's speedy form has yet to be translated into major overall round results and victories.

Last year's Winton round saw FPR score its maiden Pole position. The team also dominated the first race, which was the start of a run of six race victories for the team in 2006. FPR is planning to finish one step higher than their impressive runner-up result last year and is well prepared to achieve this goal.

Castrol FPR Falcon driver Richards' best result at Winton was third in 2003, when the event was contested over a single 300 kilometre mini-endurance race. Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Winterbottom is seeking to better his best race and round results at Winton - sixth and seventh respectively last year in only his second ever V8 Supercar Championship round at the circuit. During his dominant Development Series Championship season in 2003, Winterbottom scored the Winton Pole position and round victory, so he is not a stranger to success at the Victorian circuit.

FPR's home state of Victoria saw the team take race victories at each of the state's three V8 Supercar venues last season - Winton, Sandown and Phillip Island. Winterbottom won the most recent Victorian race at Phillip Island in December, in addition to winning September's Sandown 500.

#6 Steve Richards - "Winton always produces close and exciting racing, we are all looking forward to this round at our test circuit after the development work that we have done during the year. FPR was particularly strong at Winton last season and there has been a lot of improvements made since then, so we are confident of a strong performance."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "It is great to be heading to our test circuit for this round as we have been consistently very fast there in testing. After setting a 1 minute 22 second lap at our first test of the year and considering our recent qualifying and race pace, I am confident of our chances to make it one step higher on the podium than the team achieved last season."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We have done a great deal of work heading into this round and we couldn't be any better prepared, particularly following last week's test. We have the cars, team and drivers to take home the silverware at Winton but there is no doubt that the competition is going to be fierce."

Winton Motor Raceway, which opened in 1961, is Victoria's oldest continuously operating motor racing circuit and with an average lap speed of 130km/h it is also the slowest on the V8 Supercar calendar. The round will comprise of three closely contested races, one 40-lap sprint on Saturday and two 40-lap raceson Sunday. Each race will include a compulsory pit-stop for tyres.

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island