22 | 04 | 2014 - BLUE OVAL BRIGADE RACE IN ANZAC MEMORY
Ford Pepsi Max Crew will join its V8 Supercars rivals from both sides of the Tasman this weekend to commemorate the memory of the ANZACs while racing in New Zealand at the ITM 500 Auckland.
The fourth event of the season marks the first time teams will race on ANZAC Day and FPR will honour the fallen with a simple tribute on all four of the team?s cars.
The unique event will feature a revised format to incorporate a race on Friday where Frosty is keen to not only continue his winning form but make up for last year?s Pukekohe disappointment.
Despite having the fastest car a series of punctures cost him dearly so he is aiming for redemption.
Chaz is keen to build on his recent upturn in performance and enjoys the fast Kiwi layout.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?I am looking forward to the trip across the Ditch. Pukekohe is really demanding on the driver and is a rough place to race. It needs high commitment and you are constantly on the edge of the limit. Last year we were so unbelievably quick but unfortunately the results were so unbelievably bad. This year we want to turn it around and get the results we deserved last year as we should?ve won three of the four races. That?s easy to say but I want to redeem myself and use the pace we have to continue our recent points gain.?
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?As an Honorary Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy the ANZAC commemorations are very important to me and obviously everyone related to the Defence Force. Our team has a strong partnership with the Navy as well so racing on ANZAC Day adds a little more for us. It is my first time in a V8 Supercar at Pukekohe but my experience last year in New Zealand V8 SuperTourers will help me get up to speed. The format this weekend is pretty hard for newbies but I am up for the challenge and excited to have four races to gain more experience. Hopefully we can knock the Kiwi drivers off at their home event and bring some silverware home.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?Our aim is to obviously continue the form we displayed at Winton though we need to improve in qualifying as that is still a deficiency. Where you start this weekend will play an important role in how successful we are this weekend. Racing on ANZAC Day is very special for the team, especially given our relationship with the Royal Australian Navy. We are proud to play a small part in representing the men and women that defend our country and this weekend we take great pride in honouring their sacrifice.?
EVENT NAME: ITM 500 Auckland
DATE: 25 - 27 April
LOCATION: Pukekohe, New Zealand
EVENT NUMBER: 4 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 1 x 20-minute practice, 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 35-lap race; Saturday ? 1 x 30min practice, 2 x 10min qualifying, 2 x 35-lap races, Sunday ? 1 x 10min qualifying, 1 x 70-lap race
LENGTH: 2.91-kilometres (clockwise)
DESCRIPTION: Pukekohe, like Sandown, is designed around a horse racing track and is enjoying somewhat of a renaissance. The extremely-fast layout has undergone major changes and while it has been tempered slightly with three new turns at the end of the long back straight, it is still a very fast layout. Tyre preservation is a key to success at Pukekohe.
TRACK RECORD: 1m03.76s ? Mark Winterbottom (2013)
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st ? Will Davison (2013)