Ford Pepsi Max Crew will be looking to win back-to-back events as the team prepares for the challenging Gold Coast street track.
2014 Bathurst champions Chaz Mostert and Paul Morris are in good standing for the Enduro Cup heading into the last round at the demanding Gold Coast track and currently lie second in the points.
2011 Gold Coast champion Mark Winterbottom and 2010 winner Steve Owen will be keen for a good result following a strong drive at Bathurst as the race for Series Champion heats up in the last few rounds of the series for Frosty.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“We’re getting down to the pointy end of the season now and the pressure is on to get the points for the Championship. I’m second but still sitting a fair way behind in the points so the aim is to get as many back as possible. The focus for Gold Coast is just to go all out. We don’t really have much to lose. After Bathurst we know we have a fast car and good pace so it’s just a matter of pushing hard. The track is very demanding and the changes to the tyres will be a new challenge as well but I’m looking forward to it. For FPR to go back-to-back at Gold Coast after the back-to-back Bathurst win would be fantastic.”
Steve Owen - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“I was a little bit disappointed with how Bathurst went, it was great for Chaz and everyone but we thought we were looking pretty strong with ten laps to go. I’ve won the Gold Coast event before and so has Frosty so I’m looking forward to a good result and we really need a strong result to boost his championship. I think the new 17psi tyre pressure change will be tough because we were relatively strong at Bathurst in the first race it came in so I’m looking forward to it. Our cars are pretty good on tyre life and it should help us.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“Gold Coast should be really good. It’s a very demanding track for the drivers with a lot of curbs where you can break the cars pretty easily if you hit the curbs wrong which also makes for some exciting racing. It’s the last enduro in the Pirtek Enduro Cup which we’re in pretty good position for so we just need to finish all of our races and see what the points end up being so we’ll see how we go. I’m really looking forward to getting there, it’s an amazing atmosphere and it’ll be good to get back in the car with a win just under our belt.”
Paul Morris - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“I am really looking forward to Gold Coast. It will be a bit more enjoyable rolling in as the Bathurst champs with my mate Chaz (Mostert). We have the soft tyre change for this round as well as the mandated minimum tyre pressure of 17psi so there are a few curly changes in there for everyone to think about but at the end of the day the Gold Coast is a race track that’s pretty tough on the cars and there’s no margin for error. I’m pretty clear on what my job is, to keep the car circulating and keep it in good nick so that Chaz can go and dust them all up at the end of the race again.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“The Gold Coast presents a unique challenge but one we enjoy rising to. After our Bathurst success last week the team was straight back into work the next day as while it was an amazing feat to claim back-to-back wins, we are chasing four-straight GC600 crowns so everyone is motivated to add some more surfboards to our collection. All of our drivers have different motivations for this event due to their various championship circumstances but they all want to win it so we expect another competitive outing.”
EVENT NAME: Gold Coast 600
DATE: 24 – 26 October
LOCATION: Surfers Paradise, Queensland
EVENT NUMBER: 12 of 14
FORMAT: Friday – 4 x 40-min practice; Saturday – 1 x 30-min qualifying, 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 1 x 102-lap race; Sunday – 1 x 30-min qualifying, 1 x 102-lap race
CIRCUIT: Surfers Paradise
DESCRIPTION: The tightest street circuit on the calendar, this difficult layout combines straight-line speed with the slowest and narrowest of corners, making panel rubbing and major accidents normal for the event. Having stated this, drivers enjoy having a real go at this circuit as the rewards are great for the effort, but the price to pay for a mistake, just like any street circuit, can be major.
TRACK RECORD: 1m10.08s – Will Davison, 2011
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2009 & 2011), Will Davison (2012)