Home soil performance key for Orrcon Steel-FPR team

Home soil performance key for Orrcon Steel-FPR team

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Mark Winterbottom is targeting a strong performance at Winton

Home ground advantage is spoken of regularly in football circles, – however in modern day V8 Supercar racing – the home track of a team has proven to have the opposite effect – –something the Orrcon Steel-backed Ford Performance Racing team is desperate to change this weekend at Winton.

The team spent a lot of time poring over data and car setup post-Perth to increase the pace on the soft Dunlop Sport MAXX tyre and a test session at the regional Victorian venue saw both the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR crew and #6 Trading Post FPR crew make strides in this area.

Both Orrcon Steel-supported drivers are still well and truly in the hunt for the Championship with 10 events remaining –- Will Davison 232 from the Championship lead and Mark Winterbottom a further 49 back.

Winton has seen both drivers attain success in the past -– Frosty sitting on pole in 2008 and 2009, with Will taking victory in the second race in 2008.

The view Will Davison hopes the opposition sees of his Orrcon Steel-backed Trading Post FPR Falcon

Located around two hours north of Melbourne, near Benalla, – Winton has been hosting Australian Touring Car Championship events almost since time began. The 3.0 kilometre circuit is used as the nominated test track for all Melbourne based teams.

Recent weather patterns indicate that it will be freezing cold for the event -– much to the delight of those who camp at the circuit – another aspect relatively unique to Winton.

Soft Dunlops will adorn each of the 28 V8 Supercars for the event and after Perth’’s “sprint race” format, drivers will each compete in 2 races – a 40 lap race on Saturday and a longer 67 race come Sunday. Endurance drivers – Steven Richards (#5) and Luke Youlden (#6) will both be present for a “co–drivers session” to be conducted on Friday.

Mark Winterbottom – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
““The Queenslanders have spoiled the party here for us over the past few years and we do the same for them up there, but we’re really hoping we can come through and show them the way around this weekend.

“”We aren’’t out of the hunt for the Championship by any stretch, but this weekend is very important to the rest of the year for us. We made some great strides at the test day on the soft tyre, which we will be putting into practice at the weekend. We’’ll also have Richo behind the wheel of the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon on Friday.

“”There’’s always a good atmosphere at Winton, – even if it is cold! The grass roots fans of V8 Supercars are in rural areas and we don’t often get to showcase our sport outside major locations.

““The Melbourne fans don’t get too many opportunities to see V8 Supercars at the track, so its good they can head up the Hume and see our racing.””

Will Davison – #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon
““I know the track well and it has good memories having won a race here back in 2008.

“”Our team has been on an upwards surge and I’’d be lying if I said we weren’’t all a bit disappointed after the dip we experienced Sunday in Perth. Standing on the podium on Saturday was exceptional though.

“”I’’ve won at Winton in the past and I want to have that feeling again this weekend.

“”During our test last week, we worked hard all day just trying to get on top of the issues we’’d experienced on the soft tyre. I think it was one of the hardest days I’’ve ever had testing, –but its exactly what we needed to do.

“”Being close to home is always great, plenty of family and friends come along to see what you’’re up to. It is one of the quieter events outside the car, so we can be quite relaxed and try to enjoy it.

““This weekend is crucial to setting up the rest of our Championship. After this we have three rounds and then it’s into the Season of Endurance – so we want to get to the halfway point of the season and be in a position to strike.””

MARK WINTERBOTTOM – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
Current Championship Position: 9th, 665 points (-281 from Championship leader)
2010 Saturday Qualifying: 3rd
2010 Saturday Race: 15th
2010 Sunday Qualifying: 4th
2010 Sunday Race: 6th
Best Winton Qualifying: 1st – 2008, 2009
Best Winton Race Result: 2nd – Race 2 2008 & 2009

WILL DAVISON – #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon
Current Championship Position: 5th, 714 points (-232 from Championship leader)
2010 Saturday Qualifying: 10th (7th after Shootout)
2010 Saturday Race: 22nd
2010 Sunday Qualifying: 12th
2010 Sunday Race: 18th
Best Winton Qualifying: 3rd – 2008
Best Winton Race Result: 1st – Race 2, 2008

Circuit: Winton Motor Raceway
Location: Winton (outside Benalla), Victoria
Circuit Length: 3.0 kilometres
Format: 20 minute qualifying both days, 1 x 40 lap race Saturday, 1 x 67 lap race Sunday
2010 Saturday Race Pole Winner: James Courtney
2010 Saturday Race Winner: James Courtney
2010 Sunday Pole Winner: Rick Kelly
2010 Sunday Race Winner: James Courtney

1. Jamie Whincup 946
2. Craig Lowndes 804
3. Garth Tander 737
4. Shane van Gisbergen 730
5. Will Davison 714
6. Rick Kelly 713
7. Jason Bright 674
8. Alex Davison 666
9. Mark Winterbottom 665
10. Steven Johnson 639

Times below are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

Friday, May 20, 2011
Practice 1: 9:30am-10:00am
Practice 2: 11:40am-1210pm
Practice 3: 1:20pm-1:50pm
Practice 4: 3:05pm-3:35pm

Saturday, May 21, 2011
Qualifying: 11:05am-11:25am
Race 1: 4:05pm (40 Laps)

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Qualifying: 10:05am-10:25am
Race 2: 1:05pm (67 laps)

Times subject to amendment, please check local guides:

Saturday, May 21, 2011
2:30pm-5:30pm - Qualifying and Race 1 (Local time, all markets)

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Qualifying and Race 2
12:00pm-3:00pm – Local Time – Sydney, Melbourne & Perth - Seven Network
12:00pm-3:00pm – Local Time – Adelaide - 7mate
2:30pm-3:30pm – Local Time – Brisbane 7mate - NB: Qualifying ONLY
3:45pm-5:30pm – Local Time – Brisbane Seven Network
10:30pm-1:30am – Local Time – Adelaide Seven Network - NB: Qualifying and Race 2 Replay

SPEEDTV AUSTRALIA – Channel 206 (HD) or 505 on Foxtel/Austar
Saturday, May 21, 2011
9:30pm-11:00pm –Race 1

Sunday, May 22, 2011
5:00am-6:30am – Race 1
7:00pm-9:00pm – Race 2

Monday, May 23, 2011
1:00am-3:00am – Race 2
3:00pm-5:00pm – Race 2

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
8:00pm-11:30pm – Races 1 & 2