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 Post subject: FORD SET FOR SANDOWN 500
Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:06 pm 
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Ford will be out to score its third-straight win at the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 this weekend in Melbourne.

Heading the charge will be current championship leader and defending Sandown champion Craig Lowndes and Team Betta Electrical team-mate Jamie Whincup.

Lowndes has won three rounds in 2006 (Winton, Darwin and Oran Park), while Whincup took victory at the opening round on the streets of Adelaide.

Along with Bathurst, Sandown is a two-driver race, which also includes multiple pit stops for fuel, tyres and compulsory brake pad change.

The Team Betta Electrical crew was amongst a host of teams that tested last week at Queensland Raceway outside Ipswich.

"The team has dedicated a huge amount of time into ensuring the car is performing well for Sandown, and it simply is the best V8 Supercar I've driven," said Lowndes.

"Last week's test at Queensland Raceway had an endurance race focus, with the team practicing pit stops and Jamie and I making sure we had the driver change procedure perfected as every second in pitlane is important."

"I could not have asked for a better co-driver in Jamie, as well as being a quick and level-headed driver he also runs a very similar setup aboard his regular car which means we can both focus on racing rather than adapting to each others changes."

"Melbourne's changeable weather always seems to play a part in the Betta Electrical 500 and I'm confident we'll be able to set a cracking pace whether it is dry or wet."

"We're entering the business end of the season now, and strong endurance race results are essential to maintain the team's push for its first championship."

Last year Whincup was a stand-out performer at Sandown and Bathurst, with a third and second placing respectively.

Currently seventh in the championship chase, Whincup is fully aware of is role at Sandown.

"Last this week's test was purely endurance-focused with myself and Craig practicing numerous driver changes and the team working on setting quick pit-stop times," said Whincup.

"There were a number of positives to come from the test, and one of the biggest was that I feel just as comfortable and capable in Craig's car as I have in my own all season."

"We know the team has what it takes to win at Sandown but every round presents a new challenge and new circumstances, we're very well prepared and I'm very focused on setting fast, consistent laps for the entire race distance."

"I've taken on a different role for the race, I won't be going out there to break lap records, rather I'll be looking to bring home a perfect Betta Electrical Falcon at the end of each stint."

"It should be a fantastic weekend; I can't wait to get underway."

Another Ford team to watch will be the CAT Ford Performance Racing duo of Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom. Bright has taken three pole positions this year, while Winterbottom was second overall at the New Zealand round.

Despite having great speed, Bright is fully aware of the challenge ahead.

Ford Performance Racing joined a number of other teams for testing at Winton in central Victoria.

"The Sandown 500 can be a tricky race and it rewards the teams who are prepared for anything to happen," said Bright.

"After all of the situations that we have managed to recover from to get strong results this season, I know that FPR heads to this race being more than capable of winning it.

"Mark and I share the same car set-up without any compromises and this is crucial for a long race like this. After the speed we have shown so far this season and our detailed testing last week, we intend to start the endurance season very strongly."

Apart from the opening round in Adelaide, Winterbottom has finished inside the top-10 at each of the following six rounds.

"It's great to be paired with a driver as experienced as Jason Bright heading into the endurance races," said Winterbottom.

"As we have displayed this season, we are both very comfortable with each other's car set-up. This is very important, particularly at Sandown because this long race is usually held in challenging weather conditions.

"Our experience behind the wheel and that of the team is sure to make us one of the fastest driver combinations out there.

"I have to say that it is an incredible feeling to be approaching the Sandown 500 with a very strong chance of being able to win it."

All up Ford will field 13 officially supported cars with 26 drivers.

Ford's official Sandown line-up

#1 Russell Ingall / Luke Youlden : Caltex Racing
#4 James Courtney / Glenn Seton : Jeld-Wen Motorsport
#5 Matt Halliday / Cameron McLean : Ford Credit/FPV FPR
#6 Jason Bright / Mark Winterbottom : CAT Ford Performance Racing
#12 John Bowe / Brad Jones : Team BOC
#14 Mark Porter / Dale Brede : BOC Racing
#17 Steven Johnson / Will Davison : First Rock Home Loans Racing
#18 Alex Davison / Grant Denyer : APVC Racing
#20 Marcus Marshall / Jonathan Webb : Glenfords Racing
# 25 Warren Luff / Adam Macrow : Fujitsu Racing
#26 Jose Fernandez / Tony Ricciardello : Fujitsu Racing
#88 Allan Simonsen / Richard Lyons Ireland Team Betta Electrical
#888 Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup : Team Betta Electrical


Championship after 7 of 13 rounds

1. Craig Lowndes : Team Betta Electrical : Ford Falcon 1918 pts
2. Rick Kelly : Toll HSV : Holden Commodore -37 pts
3. Garth Tander : Toll HSV : Holden Commodore -140 pts
4. Mark Winterbottom : Ford Credit FPR : Ford Falcon -255 pts
5. Russell Ingall : Caltex Racing : Ford Falcon -256 pts
6. Steven Richards : Jack Daniel's Racing : Holden Commodore -386 pts
7. Jamie Whincup : Team Betta Electrical : Ford Falcon -494 pts
8. Steven Johnson : First Rock Home Loans : Ford Falcon -515 pts
9. Jason Bright : CAT FPR : Ford Falcon -526 pts
10. Paul Dumbrell : Jack Daniel's Racing : Holden Commodore -552 pts

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:17 pm 
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I can't wait for this, not sure if i'll go this year but have the last few years.

Will be interesting to see how Seton goes with Courtney.
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Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:22 pm 
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Yeah good to see seton got himself a drive for the enduros. Should be a cracker of a race.
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Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:48 pm 
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upo the fords

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dont care about fathers day :)

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:05 pm 
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I think i'm going with dad for f@rt day, but i just checked out the prices, it cost's $60 to get in!!!
last time i went it was only $40 for an adult, that was a few years ago but...

 

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Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:56 pm 
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I think i'm going with dad for f@rt day, but i just checked out the prices, it cost's $60 to get in!!!
last time i went it was only $40 for an adult, that was a few years ago but...

It's been $60 for a long time, a bit of a rip if you ask me, by the time you buy food and a few beers, along with merchandise it's one very expensive day.
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Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 12:39 am 
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Went to oran park for the 300km sunday race a few years ago and that was around 35 or 40. But you gotta remember its sandown, an enduro, a build up to bathurst so prices like that are reasonable.
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GO Lowndes... Go ingall!!.. Down with skaif and Holden.. :twisted: :lol:

 

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Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:47 pm 
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Results of the Top 10 Shootout.


1 2 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VZ 1 1 1:10.6102
2 888 Team Betta Electrical Craig Lowndes Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.3471 0:00.7369
3 6 Ford Performance Racing Jason Bright Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.4215 0:00.8113
4 8 WPS Racing Max Wilson Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.4708 0:00.8606
5 10 WPS Racing Jason Bargwanna Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.6196 0:01.0094
6 4 Jeld-Wen Motorsport James Courtney Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.7777 0:01.1675
7 22 Holden Racing Team Ryan Briscoe Holden Commodore VZ 1 1 1:11.7804 0:01.1702
8 3 Tasman Motorsport Jason Richards Holden Commodore VZ 1 1 1:11.8630 0:01.2528
9 17 FirstRock Home Loans Steven Johnson Ford Falcon BA 1 1 1:11.8683 0:01.2581
10 55 Autobarn Racing Steve Owen Holden Commodore VZ 1 1 1:12.3719 0:01.7617
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Nice to see FPR doing well, but where's Rusty?

 

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GO LOWNDES!!

 

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Yay no more reverse grids.

Go Grant Denyer!!!! and of course Lowndes and Rusty.

 

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aawwwwww skafie and tander on pos 1 dam it.

 

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Timmeh wrote:
Yay no more reverse grids.

Go Grant Denyer!!!! and of course Lowndes and Rusty.


hell yer
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and shorter than me

 

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