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FPR STARTS 2013 EARLY

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Ford Performance Racing has wasted little time preparing for the 2013 season, becoming the first team to test three examples of Car of the Future following an intensive two-day outing at Winton on Monday and Tuesday.

The factory Ford team has been busy since winning the final race of the year in Sydney with Will Davison.

Last week the team announced Pepsi Max as its naming-rights partner for the next three years before confirming on Monday Alex Davison would join the team's expanded four car line-up.

The team spent Monday shaking down two freshly completed 2013-specification Falcons which will be driven by Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom next year while also completing testing work on behalf of V8 Supercars.

Yesterday Davison, Winterbottom and David Reynolds spent the entire day working through an extensive program, providing engineers with lots of data to review over the Christmas break.

"Mechanically the cars were strong again and we had no major issues which was encouraging," said FPR Engineering Manager, Mathew Nilsson.

"Having three cars was a huge help to our development as it meant we could give each driver a dedicated area of the car to work on. Obviously we have a lot of new things to play with so our work included brakes and the new independent rear end.

"It was also the first time we've tested alongside other 2013 cars so it allowed us to gain somewhat of a benchmark on where we are against our opposition in the same conditions.

"Overall it was a successful two days which has allowed us to define a base set-up ahead of the 2013."

Nilsson was also pleased to see new-signing Alex Davison drive the car ahead of his debut next season in the team's new customer entry for Charlie Schwerkolt Racing.

"In my opinion the test went really well as while it was mainly about the other three drivers testing their new cars it was good just to be there and get to know a lot of the guys in the team and see how it all works," Davison said.

"I spent a few laps driving Will's car which was a bonus and while I couldn't achieve a lot in that time it was good to get a feel for the car ahead of the new season, giving me a head start before I get my car in the new year.

"The car felt really nice. It is beautifully built and engineered and I just can't wait to get my own to start helping the team develop the car further."

The team now enjoys a break until the New Year where it will finish the build of Davison's car plus conduct more testing ahead of the Pepsi Max Crew FPR launch on 7 February.

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