Ford Performance Racing (FPR) wants to continue the rich run of form it enjoys at Hidden Valley when the team returns to the track this weekend for the sixth round of the V8 Supercar Championship in Darwin.
The team's three factory Falcons have been completely stripped and rebuilt since the last event and drivers Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison and Paul Dumbrell feel they can continue FPR's Darwin run.
Last year Winterbottom's #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon claimed a pole position and race win at the 2.9-kilometre track which came on top of the five other podium finishes he has recorded in Darwin since joining FPR.
"Darwin has been good to me and we've gone well there in the past so it will be nice to get back on the hard tyre," said Winterbottom who holds an impressive 3.7 qualifying average for the team at Hidden Valley.
"Our engine package has improved since we were last there and I know we can make the tyres wear even better than last year which was the only thing I wanted improved even though we won.
"The team has always been on the podium at Hidden Valley so we are hungry; the car has been pulled apart and had a good check so we are heading in the right direction."
Davison has qualified his #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon in the top three the last three times he has used Dunlop's hard compound 'control' tyre and wants more of the same in the Top End.
"Since the last event we have been gathering our thoughts and making sense of a few things - it is just about pulling together the one percenters," Davison said.
"FPR and Darwin traditionally is a good combination and the car has a good base set-up there so we will just work hard and not over engineer things as all the tools are there so we need to work well as a team.
"We are all focussed and I am hanging to get out there and hopefully bounce back. The last three times I've qualified on hard tyres I've either been first second or third so our pace on the hard is very good."
Dumbrell's #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon has undergone repair work and a full rebuild since the last event so he and his Ford are in the best shape possible.
"It is hard to believe it has almost been a month since we last raced so I am looking forward to getting on track at Hidden Valley," Dumbrell said.
"I've recently spent some time in far north Queensland so I should have no troubles adapting to the heat, though we haven't really raced in the heat this year so I think all the drivers will be challenged by the conditions.
"We jumped seven places in the standings at Winton so my aim in Darwin is to score a big haul of points and get back into the top half of the points table. FPR has always gone well at Hidden Valley so we plan to continue that form this year."
FPR team principal Tim Edwards says the whole team is looking forward to the trip north.
"We have had a very busy time since the last event and head to Darwin confident in the ability of our drivers, team and race cars," Edwards said.
"Our engineers and mechanics have stripped back all three cars and each of our FG Falcons has been given a thorough check and rebuild so they are ready for Hidden Valley.
"Darwin is always a favourite destination as the crowds are passionate, the facilities are some of the best in the country and it is always nice to escape the Melbourne winter for a few days. Our trip to the Top End last year netted us a pole, race win and a podium so we are aiming for more of the same."
2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINTS AFTER RACE 11
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight: 1234 points
2) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight: 972
3) Garth Tander - HRT: 935
4) Jason Bright - Brad Jones Racing: 920
5) Shane van Gisbergen - Stone Brothers Racing: 913
8 Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing: 813
10) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing: 797
17) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing: 524
2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM POINTS AFTER RACE 11
1) Triple Eight: 2206 points
2) Stone Brothers Racing: 1738
3) Ford Performance Racing: 1610