Ford Pepsi Max Crew is looking to regain its front-running form at sunny Phillip Island with a return to the Dunlop hard tyre.
The fast-paced seaside track historically favours FPR’s cars and is a standout favourite amongst the drivers.
2012 Phillip Island winner Mark Winterbottom’s Championship campaign continues into the penultimate round where only wins can push him closer to the top of the leader-board.
Chaz Mostert is also keen to climb further up in the ranks where a podium finish at the world-class circuit would likely put him in the top five after a strong run in the Enduro Cup.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“We’ve almost finished the season so it’s all coming to an end. Phillip Island is a place that should be good to us as it’s very similar to Bathurst. We had good car speed at Bathurst so I think Phillip Island will suit the cars that we’ve got. We need a good couple of results just to finish the year off and get our confidence back for next year. It’s an important round even though the championship is looking a bit out of reach so we need to regroup and finish on a high. Hopefully we can get some momentum back and get up on the podium and get some race wins because it’s been a while.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“I’m pretty pumped about Phillip Island. It’s an awesome track; you can see the ocean as you come over the straight. It’s a good place to go. It’s kind of the home round for us, we don’t get to test there through the year but it’s a high speed and exciting track. The racing there is always good, a high drafting track behind other cars and qualifying is one of they key parts there. If you can get into the top five or six you’re probably in with a shot for the win, if you’re a little bit further back it’s a bit of a long day. There are a lot of passing opportunities. It’s a world-class circuit, a Grand Prix circuit, but it’s very exciting every time we go there and I can’t wait to try and chase down the top five of the championship if we can.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“The season is winding down for us now but there is still a lot of work to do. Going back to the hard tyre will be beneficial and hopefully we can find some of the pace we had at Bathurst. Phillip Island is a track that everyone loves, they love the fast pace and the passing opportunities make it an exciting track. Our aim going into the last two rounds will be to get both cars 5 and 6 into the top five and finish as strongly as we can and two circuits we enjoy.”
EVENT NAME: Phillip Island 400
DATE: 14 – 16 November, 2014
LOCATION: Phillip Island, Victoria
EVENT NUMBER: 13 of 14
FORMAT: Friday – 3 x 20-minute practices; Saturday – 2 x 10-min qualifying, 2 x 23-lap races; Sunday – 1 x 20-min qualifying, 1 x 45-lap race
CIRCUIT: Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit
DESCRIPTION: Phillip Island is the venue of FPR’s first round victory in 2003. The track combines fast straights with double-apex, radial and hairpin turns, providing a challenging combination. The circuit is also one of the most picturesque on the calendar and offers a range of elevation changes across the lap. ‘The Island’ also offers excellent vantage points for spectators.
TRACK RECORD: 1m32.04s – Jamie Whincup (2013)
FPR BEST RESULT AT PHILLIP ISLAND: 1st – Mark Winterbottom (2006 & 2012), Will Davison (2012)