04 | 07 | 2013 - FPR FUELLED AND READY FOR TOWNSVILLE
Ford Pepsi Max Crew intends to keep the momentum going in Townsville this weekend where the team wants to build on the success and performance upturn it experienced last time out in Darwin.
The whole team is eager to see the return of in-race refuelling and pit stops at the Reid Park street circuit which always plays host to two challenging 200-kilometre long races.
Mark returned to the top step of the podium in Darwin and enjoys both legs of the traditional mid-year northern states double-header.
Will is continuing to score solid points and feels the longer race format will suit him.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?It?s good to head to Townsville after such a strong outing in Darwin as you carry that confidence through. Like Darwin, Townsville has always been a good track to us so I?m feeling good and aiming for the same results we had two weeks ago. We need to continue to show our speed and build on the potential we?ve shown all year. It is always a tough and challenging event and very hard on cars but we all enjoy it and winning there is very rewarding. We won there in 2010 so the aim is to repeat that this year and keep our streak of great results going.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?We?re looking forward to continuing some of the things we?ve been improving on lately with the cars and the team as a whole. Townsville presents a very different challenge to Darwin with the surface and layout and the race format too. We are back to refuelling races which will add an element which has been missing since Adelaide so I?m looking forward to that. We are tyre limited again but using a set of softs in each race and in the shootout should make it interesting. All these factors will play a big part in the outcome. I am fired up and want to start clawing some points back. It?s time for me to step up.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?The team has a great feel about it at the moment. While we are obviously buoyed by our Darwin results, we?ve been enjoying solid development away from the track which we believe will pay off as this year progresses. Mark and Dave (Reynolds) were strong in Darwin and were also our form duo in Townsville last year and with Will?s consistency we are looking forward to the weekend. Refuelling always adds an element of strategy so the racing should be interesting. Another break from Melbourne winter won?t go astray either.?
EVENT NAME: Sucrogen Townsville 400
DATE: 5 ? 7 July
LOCATION: Townsville, Queensland
EVENT NUMBER: 7 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 4 x 30-minute practice; Saturday ? 1 x 30-min practice, 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 1 x 70-lap race; Sunday ? 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x 70-lap race
CIRCUIT: Reid Park
DESCRIPTION: Reid Park is a fast and flowing street circuit in a similar style and parkland setting to Albert Park, the home of the Australian Grand Prix. The venue has quickly become a driver and fan favourite due to its layout and location close to the centre of the city. The majority of the track uses specially-constructed roads, while the remainder is made of pre-existing local streets running through parks.
TRACK RECORD: 1m13.40s ? Mark Winterbottom, 2013
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st ? Mark Winterbottom, 2008 & 2010