Ford Pepsi Max Crew's fight to have two cars in the top five championship standings will go down to the wire as the team heads to the season-ending Sydney NRMA 500.
The battle for fifth position is fierce with four cars within 30 points with current seventh place, Chaz Mostert confident a strong performance will enable him to conquer the notoriously tough track.
Following two podium finishes at Phillip Island, second placed Mark Winterbottom looks to extend his margin to third.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“It’s good to be going to Sydney because it’s a home race but I’m not sure how we’ll go. We’ve struggled on street circuits this year a bit so now is the time to try a few different things to see if we can improve it. Adelaide next year is very similar so we need a good result so that it gives us some confidence going into 2015. We are also aiming to cement our second place finish in the championship. Obviously we’re disappointed we haven’t won but if we can finish second that’s the next best thing. We still have a lot to race for and hopefully at my home track we can get a good result.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
“Sydney is obviously the last round of the year and you always want to finish your last event quite strong. We’ll be aiming to get a few last minute championship points to try for that top five in the championship. Homebush is a very hard track and has the highest stats for the most wrecked cars and DNFs so it’s one you’ve got to survive or you could really hurt your championship position. The first goal is just to finish every race and the second goal is to finish in the top five so we’ll see how we go. I didn’t go so well there last year so we’ll go in with a different approach and see how we end up.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal:
“With the year coming to a close the main aim for the team now is to ensure a strong finish to the season. The drivers have done a great job this year, but as we look to next year we know we must go one better and get one of our guys on the top step of the championship podium.”
DUNLOP SERIES – SYDNEY PREVIEW
The Sydney NRMA 500 sees the return of the Dunlop Series where FPR’s Cam Waters hopes to clinch second place in the Championship from Ash Walsh. Waters currently sits 81 points behind Walsh, and knows only race wins will get him one step higher on the podium. Two strong performances will be key for the young driver as the tough Sydney track provides one of the most challenging races of the series.
Cameron Waters - #56 ENZED FPR Ford:
“I’m pretty excited to go to Sydney. I went okay there last year. It’s a cool track and it’s pretty challenging but I’m excited to be there and be in the FPR rig, especially given it is the first ever FG built and this is the swansong for the model, so we’ll see how we go. I’ll get second in the championship if I win both races so I’ll be going out and aiming for a few wins and finish the year off strong.”
EVENT NAME: Sydney NRMA 500
DATE: 5 – 7 December, 2014
LOCATION: Sydney Olympic Park
EVENT NUMBER: 14 of 14
FORMAT: Friday – 3 x 20-minute practice; Saturday – 1 x 20-min practice, 2 x 10 minute qualifying, 2 x 37-lap races; Sunday – 1 x 20-min qualifying 1 x Top 10 Shootout, 1 x 74-lap race
CIRCUIT: Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit
DESCRIPTION: Set around the streets of the Olympic Park precinct the track is tough and challenging in many ways. A mixture of high and low-speed sections, divided by bumps, kerbs and camber changes give this all the hallmarks of a typical street circuit. Uniquely, the paddock area is inside a building alongside the pit lane complex.
TRACK RECORD: 1m28.38s – Craig Lowndes, 2011
FPR BEST RESULT: 1st (x2) Mark Winterbottom (2011), Will Davison (2012)