FPR set to shakedown COTF on Monday
Ford Performance Racing will become the first Ford V8 Supercars team to track test its Car of the Future Falcon.
The factory Ford team will hit the track on this Monday morning (September 3), conducting a short five lap shakedown before completing the rest of its allocated 20 lap shakedown on Tuesday.
FPR has split its shakedown for TV considerations, with Network Seven appearing at the circuit on Monday to film the initial running.
While Triple Eight beat FPR to being the first to roll out its first COTF machine, the Falcon will be the first full-specification COTF car, complete with all of the available technical regulations and control components, including the new fuel cell.
Orrcon Steel FPR driver Mark Winterbottom is likely to steer the car in its initial shakedown laps.
The first proper test for FPR’s COTF Falcon is slated for September 10. The team’s second test will be held at Eastern Creek on October 15, amongst all of the key COTF car building teams. CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s previous story.
Monday and Tuesday will be a busy time for Victorian-based V8 Supercars teams, with FPR, Brad Jones Racing, Tony D’Alberto Racing, Garry Rogers Motorsport, Kelly Racing, plus other Dunlop Series teams all testing their current cars on Monday.
Tuesday will see the Holden Racing Team join the fray, along with FPR, BJR and TDR who have elected to conduct two-day programs.