25 | 07 | 2013 - FPR LOOKING TO KICK GOALS AT QR
Ford Pepsi Max Crew is looking to kick things up another notch this weekend in Ipswich after a successful month of competition where the team has claimed two race wins, five podiums and three pole positions.
Mark has moved into overall contention and now sits fourth overall, a mere 39 points behind Will.
The team held its second test of recent times last week and in near-perfect conditions completed an intensive program using all four FPR-prepared cars and drivers, plus the team?s four Endurance Cup co-drivers.
The quartet will also be in action this Friday with two extended 75-minute practice sessions scheduled where all co-drivers are eligible to log laps ahead of the first endurance race in mid-September.
Mark and Will?s factory Fords will sport a revised livery for Ipswich.
Both the #5 and #6 factory Fords will run special Pepsi Max Kick doors for the next three events promoting the company?s new Pepsi Max Kick product.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?The new car should suit Ipswich better than the old one did and with soft tyres and a much better braking package I would expect to go quicker than last year. The different format of racing will change strategy, but the biggest difference will be the use of the soft compound tyre. Tyre life will be critical to succeeding but at this stage it is the big unknown.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?I?m just blocking any previous Ipswich race given all the changes this year. The new format should be interesting and comes at a key time of the year as we aren?t that far off the enduros. We head in very confident after a great test day which we hope will bring some further gains and a strong run in Townsville. It is a very tricky circuit despite looking simple on paper. Car balance is important ? if it is good you can manage your tyres, if it is not you will struggle so that is the key factor.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?Queensland Raceway is always a unique challenge but given our recent run of form we are all confident we can put in another strong performance. Our test day before Darwin yielded significant gains and we had another productive test last week which we believe will prove a great help come the endurance events so we are in a strong position at the mid-point of the year. Ipswich is the home track of many of our rivals so we are looking forward to racing them on their turf.?
EVENT NAME: Ipswich 360
DATE: 26 ? 28 July
LOCATION: Ipswich, Queensland
EVENT NUMBER: 8 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 2 x 75-minute practice; Saturday ? 1 x 30-min practice, 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x 40-lap race; Sunday ? 2 x 15-min qualifying, 2 x 32-lap races
CIRCUIT: Queensland Raceway
DESCRIPTION: Queensland Raceway looks the least technical of all circuits visited in the series, but is far more challenging than first appears. It rewards strong mid-corner speed and traction out of turns, despite only consisting of four right and two left corners with four straights ? two short and two long, in between. The circuit is very spectator friendly, with full circuit viewing easy from virtually any location on the track.
TRACK RECORD: 1m10.08s ? Russell Ingall, 2012
FPR BEST RESULT: 1s ? Mark Winterbottom, 2008