FPR close to signing Gold Coast stars
Ford Performance Racing is close to confirming its Gold Coast endurance race line-up for the international-flavoured street race in October.
Speedcafe.com.au has learned that Australian IndyCar star Will Power is set to re-sign for the factory Ford team, partnering Orrcon Steel-back driver Mark Winterbottom.
Power drove with Steve Richards in the inaugural Gold Coast event last year.
In the second FPR car, former Formula One driver Mika Salo is being tipped to drive alongside new team signing Will Davison in the #6 Trading Post Falcon.
Speedcafe.com.au spoke to team principal Tim Edwards, who would only confirm that he had not officially signed any driver.
“I’ve got the drivers sorted, but it’s only verbal agreements at this point,” Edwards told Speedcafe.com.au.
“I want to get pen to paper before I announce it, because as you know, things change.”
In most cases, teams are responsible for finding their own international drivers, although each guest needs to be approved by V8 Supercars Australia.
One driver certain not to return to the Gold Coast is Jacques Villeneuve. The 1997 Formula One driver drove with the factory team’s third car last year, partnering Paul Dumbrell in the #55 Bottle-O Racing Falcon.
According to sources, Villeneunve is “highly unlikely” to return to the Gold Coast race due to “unrealistic financial demands.”
All three FPR cars, plus Brad Jones Racing, Kelly Racing, Tony D’Alberto Racing and a selection of Fujitsu Series teams are testing today at Winton Motor Raceway.