Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has completed a mammoth day of testing at Winton Motor Raceway in northern Victoria where the team spent the day working on the Dunlop soft tyre set-up of its factory Falcons.
The team had its three regular drivers present plus their respective endurance race co-drivers in order to provide the maximum about of feedback possible.
Regular runners Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison and Paul Dumbrell were joined by Steve Richards, Luke Youlden and Dean Canto in fine conditions at FPR's home track.
Winterbottom and Davison started the day on hard compound tyres in order to find a good overall balance for the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon and the #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon.
The pair handed over their cars to Richards and Youlden as the morning progressed, before switching back before the lunchtime break.
Dumbrell took his #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon in a different direction as he used Dunlop's soft tyre all morning in order to provide some direction for his two regular team-mates ahead of their switch to the soft rubber in the afternoon.
Canto, like his fellow co-drivers, shared driving duties and was pleased to aid the team as it looked for a better balance and overall grip on the soft tyre which has been somewhat absent at the recent events where it has been used.
The team switched Winterbottom and Davison's cars to run soft tyres for the rest of the afternoon as the most important part of the day's running started to unfold.
"It was a really big day," Davison said.
"We changed a massive amount of stuff on the car and the whole team feels we really gained a good direction with the set-up on the soft tyre.
"Each of the cars went down a different path so it will be interesting to get back to base and dissect all the data we collected before next week's race at Winton."
FPR team principal Tim Edwards was pleased with the gains made despite the below freezing start to the day.
"We had a very productive day and gained a massive amount of data after completing our entire planned program," Edwards said.
"A test day like today is difficult to read as all the teams present are doing different things and on tyres which could be hard or soft, new or old, so we just stuck to our plan and worked through what we needed to.
"The entire day ran without a single issue or problem so we will start going through the data tomorrow and work on the things we found so we can improve the soft tyre pace and overall handling of our Falcons ahead of next week's return trip to Winton for the race."