V8 Supercars – Ford Performance Racing – Mid-season Wrap‏

July 26, 2011

V8 Supercars

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) is eagerly anticipating the second-half of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship after a recent strong run of form has seen the team collect a series of podium finishes and pole positions.

The factory Ford team has enjoyed an upturn in performance in the last month and drivers Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison both made up ground on the points table at the last two events as the series enters a short mid-season break.

Winterbottom recently strung together four-consecutive pole positions and has claimed podium finishes in both Darwin and Townsville, adding to his early-season rostrums in Abu Dhabi and Adelaide.
The driver of the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon lies fifth in the standings, one place and a single point ahead of team-mate Davison.
First year FPR driver Davison has been improving round-by-round in the #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon and looks set to be one of the leading drivers for the remainder of the season.
After his first podium finish for the team at Trading Post’s home event in Perth, a pole position in Adelaide and another trip to the dais in Townsville, the 28-year-old is eager to get back to racing.
FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards is pleased with the team’s recent run of form though acknowledges that race wins, especially at the upcoming endurance events at Phillip Island and Bathurst, is what the team needs to aim for.
“The team enters the mid-year break full of confidence following a lot of hard work in recent months,” Edwards said.
“We had a good start to the year and although we endured a little patch where we performed below our expectations, it has been encouraging to see everyone in the team turn things around to a point where we are now challenging for race wins.
“That said, we are not resting and we are using the few weeks until the next event to push through more developments. We want to win Bathurst and finish as high as possible in the championship.”
FPR is using the six-week gap between races to continue building two new FG Falcon chassis which will debut in the coming events for Winterbottom and Davison.
The team will also soon announce the final two international drivers which will join Will Power in the squad as co-drivers for the Gold Coast 600 race in October. 
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