Bright’s ex-FPR Falcon restored for competition
Jason Bright’s ex-Ford Performance Racing Falcon has been restored to its former glory and will compete in the remaining rounds of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series.
Former Kumho class champion Tony Evangelou has reverted his ex-FPR Ford into the CAT livery it ran in the 2006 V8 Supercars Championship.
The new-look to Evangelou’s old car, owned by Les Morrall, will hit the track for the first time in the next round of the series at Phillip Island in September.
Bright drove the car to win the inaugural round at the Bahrain International Circuit in late-2006 and had his final drive with FPR in the car at Phillip Island at the end of that season.
The car was last raced in the V8 Supercars Championship in 2008 by Marcus Marshall for Bright’s own team – Britek Motorsport – and lay idle until it returned to the track in June with Evangelou winning a race in Round 3 of the Kumho Series at Winton.
“It’s come up a real treat. It has every original sticker and we were able to get it pretty much right on the money,” said Evangelou.
“Peter Brown from ‘Mr B Screenprinting’ does a lot of the stickers for the V8 Supercars teams and he had the logos and other decals, all 58 of them, we needed. He’s traced every single one and it’s back to how it used to be, it looks great.
“It’s an important car in the history of FPR. Bright won in Bahrain with it and drove it for most of the 2006 season. He won a race at Winton in it and took a few pole positions as well.”
The team is also aiming to regain the #6 plate from another squad within the V8 Touring Car paddock.
It’s the same number Bright carried on the car when he raced it in 2006 for FPR and Evangelou also used the number when he won the Kumho Series in 2010.
Jim Pollicina currently leads the Kumho Series ahead of Josh Hunter.
The next round of the Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series will be at Phillip Island as part of the Shannons Nationals on September 22-23.
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