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STABILITY KEY TO FPR's 2013 ASSAULT

07 | 02 | 2013 - STABILITY KEY TO FPR's 2013 ASSAULT

Ford Performance Racing believes stability coupled with unprecedented preparation and fresh ideas has given it the ideal foundation to tackle the introduction of Car of the Future just days before the team holds its 2013 season launch.

The team retains drivers Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison who will pair up for a third successive season while David Reynolds returns to be joined Alex Davison in the expanded four-car FPR line-up.

FPR has been a leader in the development of the new-for-2013 cars, last year becoming the first team to test a final-specification car before becoming the first team to complete and test three cars.

"We all knew what a big job it was going to be to get the new cars ready for this season but our entire team has been committed to the deadlines we set ourselves. While they were seen as ambitious by many it's been very pleasing to hit all our targets," Team Principal Tim Edwards said.

"By having three cars on track in December we gained a lot of information which allowed us to develop multiple areas of the car simultaneously.

"While this doesn't guarantee success it certainly helps us learn faster which should hopefully give us an edge on track. There are a lot of unknowns this season for everyone but I believe the extra time we've given ourselves will allow us to be better prepared than our rivals. "

The expansion to four cars has allowed the team to bolster its engineering line-up and having one more car than last year provides more data to aid development.

In order to ensure the team keeps a fresh approach Winterbottom will now be engineered by James Small while Campbell Little will work with Alex Davison.

Reynolds, formerly engineered by Small, will work with Nathaniel Osborne who steps up from being Will Davison's data engineer for the past two years while Davison retains Grant McPherson.

"The great thing about our technical line-up is that we have retained all our engineers which is critical for how our group will work together as we unlock the secrets of the new cars," Edwards said.

"We've made a few subtle tweaks to the line-up to keep things fresh but ultimately when we all get together at the track or back at the factory we have the same group working together."

FPR will conduct its first test of the year at Winton today where Alex Davison will sample his new car for the first time alongside his brother Will, Winterbottom and Reynolds as the team runs four cars for the first time.

The team is also finalising the details of its glitzy season launch in Melbourne on Thursday night where Winterbottom and Will Davison will unveil their new Pepsi Max colours for the first time.

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