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18 | 10 | 2010 - FPR FIRED UP FOR SURFERS

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is heading to the Armor All 600 on the Gold Coast with a renewed hunger after a promising performance at Bathurst last week.
Suffering at the hands of the torturous Mount Panorama, FPR will come out this weekend with all guns blazing.
"Everyone's pretty fired up after Bathurst," Orrcon Steel FPR racer Mark Winterbottom said.
"When you have a car that you know can win it, and then be handicapped the way we were (a clash with the wall at The Cutting ruined FPR's chance of a podium finish) it just makes you hungrier to get back on top," he added.
A third endurance event for the season, the Armor All 600 event is essentially all new. The circuit is now shorter and 18 international drivers have been signed up to join each team in the championship for the twin, 300-kilometre races - the first time the Gold Coast has hosted a V8 endurance format race meeting.
"We've had pretty good form up here in the past and are the defending winner, add to that I've got to get back on the podium if I want to keep my championship hopes alive so there's a lot riding on this weekend."
Frosty sits fourth in the 2010 championship, 293 points behind leader James Courtney - less than a weekend of racing considering 300 points are available for every event on the calendar – and trails third-placed Craig Lowndes by just nine points.
Winterbottom's Gold Coast form should also give him confidence. In the last 11 races on the tough street track he has finished in the top three on eight occasions. He was the pole-sitter on Saturday at last year's event.
Frosty will have his Phillip Island and Bathurst co-driver alongside in Luke Youlden.
A range of well-credentialed international drivers will join Ford's teams for the Gold Coast race with experience varying from Formula 1 and IndyCar competition to Le Mans/GT racing.
Joining Steve Richards in the #6 Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon will be IndyCar star Will Power.
"Having Will on-board this weekend is a bonus for the team," Richo said.
"A lot of the other (international) drivers haven't spent time in a V8 Supercar so Will's prior seat-time and road course experience will hopefully be an advantage," he added.
Power is no newcomer to V8 Supercar racing having raced with Mark Larkham in the 2002 endurance races and has since gone on to become a major contender in IndyCar racing, finishing second in this year's championship.
Winner of the Mario Andretti Trophy for the best driver on road and street courses in this year's IndyCar Series, Power held pole position three times in a row for Champ Car/IndyCar races on the Gold Coast in 2006, 2007 and 2008 - on each occasion he was unable to score a podium finish. He won five races in this year's IndyCar Series driving for Team Penske and is a former Australian Drivers Champion.
The on-track action kicks off on Wednesday with a test session for the international drivers, before teams head back to the streets of Surfers Paradise for practice on Friday.

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