04 | 04 | 2014 - HUNT BEGINS ON HOME GROUND
Ford Pepsi Max Crew is aiming to use its home race this weekend at Winton to return to being regular front-runners after a testing event last week in Tasmania.
A pair of podiums for Frosty highlighted the team?s usual pace is possible but the team is seeking an improved performance from all four cars to mount a united challenge.
Winterbottom won a race at Winton last year and as the team?s home test track it is a venue all drivers know well.
Chaz Mostert scored his second career podium there last year and newcomer Jack Perkins is a fan of the tight and twisty layout.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?Although Winton is our home track we haven?t tested there this year but we know how to make the cars go fast there so it is perfect timing to be heading home. It was good to win there last year and I have a really good qualifying record at Winton so I feel confident. We just need to understand our car more and as soon as we do that we will be back up the front and winning races.?
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?I had a bit of a bad year so far but Winton was one of my strong events last year. I got my second career podium there so hopefully it is the place where we can turn things around for car six so we can bounce back in the championship. I know the track and though we haven?t tested there this year, I have plenty of laps and data from previous visits so fingers crossed, we can get back to the front where we should be.?
Tim Edwards - Team Principal:
?There is nothing like racing at home for motivation so we want to bounce back to form at a track we know well. The turnaround between races has been tight but being able to spend two days at the factory has been the best way for us to prepare. We had a mixed bag of performances at Tasmania but on Saturday we saw when the car was working well we can contend at the front.?
EVENT NAME: Winton 400
DATE: 4 ? 6 April
LOCATION: Winton, Victoria
EVENT NUMBER: 3 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 3 x 20-minute practice; Saturday ? 2 x 10min qualifying, 2 x 34-lap races, Sunday ? 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 67-lap race
CIRCUIT: Winton Motor Raceway
Winton is FPR?s home test track and as such is well-known to the team and its drivers. Despite its remote location in rural north-eastern Victoria the track is one of the longest-serving on the calendar and combines a broad combination of corners on its relatively short layout. Fast, flowing turns sit alongside tighter turns and a hairpin to provide a true test of a car?s handling.
TRACK RECORD: 1m22.98s ? Marcus Marshall (2009)
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st ? Jason Bright (2006), Mark Winterbottom (2013)