12 | 05 | 2014 - LOOKING FOR MORE WINS IN THE WEST
Ford Pepsi Max Crew heads to Perth leading the V8 Supercars Championship for the first time this season and the factory Ford team is eager to keep winning this weekend in the west.
Frosty gained the points lead in New Zealand with two race wins to lead by 107 points.
Perth has been one of his favourite venues in the past with a clean-sweep of wins in 2008 before he lead the team to another sweep in 2012.
He was joined on the rostrum in New Zealand by young gun team-mate Chaz who earned his first two podiums of the season.
Barbagallo marks his first 12-months of racing in the main series after debuting at the same venue in the same fixture last year. He jumped six places in the points with his New Zealand effort and wants to continue the charge.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?Perth is one of the places I really enjoy racing. This year we head there in a much better position so it is nice to be racing somewhere I like when the confidence is up. I feel good about where we are at as a team so I am looking forward to the whole field chasing us. Barbagallo rewards good tyre life and importantly that has been one of our strengths this year. If we can keep that going there is no reason we can?t grow our points lead.?
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
?I am excited to go to Perth as it marks my one-year anniversary in the series. The main thing is Perth, and every other track we now go to, are places where I?ve raced these cars before and have data to look over. Our podiums in New Zealand were a big boost so I am motivated to keep that going and to keep taking points off the rest of the field. Barbagallo is simple on paper yet presents a big technical challenge. It is hard to tune the car for the races and qualifying as they call for two very different set-ups. Also the layout only offers a couple of passing opportunities so, if your car is strong in the passing zones, it makes a huge difference.?
Tim Edwards ? Team Principal:
?April was certainly a very positive month for the team with our wins and overall performance at Winton and Pukekohe in New Zealand. Those efforts obviously put us into a favourable position in the points but we know there is a lot more to do and with 10 events remaining, we need to stay consistent. Perth is a tough event and demands a lot of the technical package, though we?ve enjoyed a lot of success there in the past so we are confident of keeping our run going.?
EVENT NAME: Perth 400
DATE: 16 ? 18 May
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
EVENT NUMBER: 5 of 14
FORMAT: Friday ? 3 x 20-minute practice; Saturday ? 2 x 10min qualifying, 2 x 42-lap races, Sunday ? 1 x 20min qualifying, 1 x 83-lap race
CIRCUIT: Barbagallo Raceway
LENGTH: 2.42-kilometres (clockwise)
DESCRIPTION: Barbagallo is more challenging than its short length suggests. The circuit is filled with long-radius corners which make it essential to have a well-balanced car. The final turn of the track at the end of the long back straight is the hardest braking point in the championship.
TRACK RECORD: 55.94s ? Jason Bright (2004)
FPR BEST RESULT AT PERTH: 1st (x6) ? Mark Winterbottom (2008 & 2012), Will Davison (2012)