Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has enjoyed a productive day of testing at Winton where all three cars were put through a range of different programs on both Dunlop's hard and soft tyre compounds.
The factory Ford team made the most of its fourth test day of the year which was held in clear, sunny conditions at the team's home track in northern Victoria.
Regular drivers Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison and Paul Dumbrell handled the majority of the driving, with endurance co-drivers Luke Youlden and Dean Canto also lapping in the # 6 Trading Post FPR Falcon and the #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon respectively.
Davison practiced qualifying runs on both hard and soft tyres as well as a completing a long race run, all of which he believes will translate into better pace for the upcoming races.
"We had a very good day with no disruptions," Davison said. "The team got through its program and importantly we did lots of soft tyre work which I am pretty happy with. We've definitely made progress.
"We clarified a few things and learnt some new things. We also did a really long race run which was by far the best I've done in this car on soft tyres.
"Luke did a lot of laps and was really quick so hopefully the pace we both had can translate to good speed in Townsville."
Winterbottom was the sole driver in his #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon today and covered more than 140 laps of the 3.0-kilometre rural Victorian circuit.
"It was a beautiful day today which made driving so many laps a lot easier," Winterbottom said. "We covered off a couple of race runs and worked on some general set-up work so the car makes a lot more sense than it did previously which is a very good thing.
"We were the only main series team testing today but we enjoyed a trouble-free day which is the best result possible."
Dumbrell and Canto completed a similar day to their team-mates, though did a lot of work using Dunlop's soft compound tyre.
"We pushed the boundaries with some set up directions which was good," Dumbrell said.
"Dean and I did a lot of the soft tyre running and tried a few different avenues and in the end we are reasonably happy with our pace on worn soft tyres. Dean got some laps in and again and will get some more in Townsville which is handy."
FPR now returns to its base in Campbellfield to prepare for next weekend’s Sucrogen Townsville 400, the seventh event of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship.