Ford Performance Racing takes to Winton for test

Ford Performance Racing's technical director Campbell Little with driver Mark Winterbottom

Ford Performance Racing’s technical director Campbell Little with driver Mark Winterbottom

Ford Performance Racing will have all four of its V8 Supercars on track at Winton Motor Raceway today for its first private test day of the 2012 season.

The team’s championship drivers Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison and David Reynolds will be joined at the test by their respective endurance co-drivers Steve Richards, John McIntyre and Dean Canto, while the team’s Dunlop Series pilot Chaz Mostert will also turn laps.

According to the team, time across the day will be split between testing development parts and preparing for the upcoming Sandown and Bathurst long-distance races.

Mostert, who sits second in the Dunlop Series standings after a mixed weekend in Townsville, says he’s particularly looking forward to FPR’s first private test of the year.

While Dunlop Series teams not affiliated with championship outfits are permitted six days of testing per year, Mostert is restricted to running with his FPR stable-mates on their four allocated days.

“Today will be my first real test since joining FPR so the day will be really beneficial as it will help me learn a lot of things, try out some new things and also see what the three main game drivers do and how they operate,” said Mostert.

“Testing in our sport is so restricted so any chance to drive the car away from a Dunlop Series round is an opportunity you have to take.

“We have done so well so far without testing so I am sure this will help us for the next half of the season.”

FPR has enjoyed its best ever start to a V8 Supercars Championship campaign this year, with Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison taking nine wins between them from the first 15 races. The pair sit second and third respectively in the points standings behind Jamie Whincup.

Reynolds meanwhile is 10th in the championship having improved by a full 10 places across the last five races.

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