Ford Performance Racing is ready to start the 2012 V8 Supercars season and all three drivers intend to start the year at the head of the field at this weekend's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide, the opening event on the calendar.
Will Davison wants to continue where he left off at the pre-season Sandown test where he topped the times with a new lap record.
Mark Winterbottom is fit and ready to continue the form which served he and the team so successfully at the end of last year.
New recruit David Reynolds will debut in the #55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford and while he is still adapting to his new mount, he feels that he will not be far off the times of his more experienced team-mates when he hits the streets of Adelaide.
The team is very keen to claim pole position two years running as the next pole for a Falcon driver will be Ford's 200th in the sport's history.
Mark Winterbottom – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford
"When you win the last race of the season the first thing you want is to start racing again because you want to carry that momentum forward. While we've had to wait a few months I feel really good. Physically I am fine, the team is well-prepared and happy so we can't wait to start the new year. In has been two months of waiting which we will unleash at Clipsal and I think our strong preparation will translate to a strong result."
Will Davison – #6 Tradingpost FPR Ford
"It is fantastic to be starting the season in Australia and Clipsal is a very tough event physically and mentally on drivers and teams so we will know we've started the season by the end of it. I enter the year confident we can win races, especially after our strong pace at Homebush which is similar to Adelaide. I also took pole in Adelaide last year so we just need to convert that speed into race wins. It is a great event and the racing is always close so I am certainly fresh and ready to go."
David Reynolds – #55 The Bottle-O FPR Ford
"I am really looking forward to Clipsal as I have a new team, new car and it is a new season which is all positive. I have a pretty open mind to see how I go in the car and how the car works given I have only really completed a few laps in it during testing. It is the hardest race of the year and generally the hottest so there is no tougher race as it offers numerous challenges, all of which will be heightened given I will be competing in a totally new car for me. While it might take a while to work out the nuances I am sure we will gain a solid result."
Tim Edwards - FPR Team Principal
"While the season is starting a little later this year, it doesn't feel like a long time since we were racing at Homebush which shows how busy we've been. The team has enjoyed a calm and issue-free build-up and we believe the speed we showed in testing can carry over to Adelaide. All three drivers are motivated to do well, though we are especially keen to see our new recruit Dave make his debut in a Ford. Everything is as it should be so now we approach the new season believing we can achieve great things."
EVENT NAME: Clipsal 500
DATE: 1-4 March, 2012
LOCATION: Adelaide, South Australia
EVENT NUMBER: 1 of 15 (races 1 and 2)
FORMAT: Friday - 4 x 30-minute practice sessions, 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x Top 10 Shootout; Saturday - 1 x 20-min warm-up, 1 x 78-lap race; Sunday - 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x 78-lap race