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Webber Signs with Jaguar

Jaguar Racing has announced that Australian Mark Webber (26) and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia have signed to compete for the team in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship. Mark and Antonio replace Eddie Irvine (36) and Pedro de la Rosa (31). These changes are with immediate effect. Read More


Ford Bathurst Victory

Luke Youlden has won his maiden V8 Supercar race, taking out this afternoon's Konica V8 Supercar Challenge in front of a massive crowd at Bathurst. Youlden swapped places with Wayne Wakefield for much of the incident packed race, before Wakefield was slowed by a fuel pressure problem."It is always great to win, and to win your first V8 Supercar race is great," Youlden said. "There is no other place you'd like to perform so well, the crowd is huge up top." Read More

 


The future motor-racing stars of tomorrow will tackle the most challenging track of all, Mt Panorama, when Formula Ford returns to Bathurst as a showcase event at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 on October 11-13, 2002. Leading the 38-strong field will be 2002 Avon Rookie of the Year Mark Winterbottom, who finished this year’s Championship in second place. Read more...


Glenn Seton and his Ford Credit Racing team will put 12 months planning into practice when they chase one of Australian sports most important prizes, victory at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst from October 10 –13.

The team refocussed its energies at the end of 2001, including the decision to run one car instead of two during the 2002 season. Read more...



Ford Bathurst Victory

Luke Youlden has won his maiden V8 Supercar race, taking out this afternoon's Konica V8 Supercar Challenge in front of a massive crowd at Bathurst. Youlden swapped places with Wayne Wakefield for much of the incident packed race, before Wakefield was slowed by a fuel pressure problem."It is always great to win, and to win your first V8 Supercar race is great," Youlden said. "There is no other place you'd like to perform so well, the crowd is huge up top."The opening 10 laps of the 30 lap race saw three Safety Car periods to collect damage cars and Youlden says this hurt him early."It would have suited us to do the whole race under green, we had a huge lead after lap 1 so the Safety Car really hurt us."Youlden and Wakefield ran an entertaining race, swapping spots regularly and almost coming to grief at Griffin Bend after dicing into the corner. Youlden eventually won that battle and started to pull away with the race."I didn't think he'd keep going up there, but he did," Wakefield said. "I was struggling for straight line speed, so I had to get a big gap if I was going to hold the lead into that corner. "

After Wakefield's car struck problems with his fuel pressure, he dropped 10 seconds in two laps before working a way around the problem.

"I had to keep switching between the reserve and main tanks to keep the pressure up. I had to back off on the straight to let the fuel catch up, and that dropped a block of time."Third home was Melbourne-driver Matthew White in his VIP Petfoods Commodore."I was out there pushing as hard as Luke and Wayne," White said, "but I wasn't even as fast as last year in the VS (an older model Commodore than he raced today)."All three drivers will line up for the Bob Jane T-marts 1000 tomorrow morning, Youlden sharing with Steve Ellery in the SuperCheap Falcon, Wakefield with Paul Morris in the Sirromet Wines Commodore and White with Tony Longhurst in the Betta Electrics Falcon.

 


Stars of Tomorrow Tackle the Mountain.

The future motor-racing stars of tomorrow will tackle the most challenging track of all, Mt Panorama, when Formula Ford returns to Bathurst as a showcase event at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 on October 11-13, 2002.

Leading the 38-strong field will be 2002 Avon Rookie of the Year Mark Winterbottom, who finished this year’s Championship in second place.
"I can’t wait to get to Bathurst – I’ve watched the race both on TV and at the track, and the Formula Ford racing is always exciting with lots of passing on the last corner!" said New South Wales’ Mark Winterbottom.
"I don’t think the track will be too hard to learn. I’ve ridden my bike around there and I’m going up there this weekend in my road car."
Fellow New South Welshman Neil McFadyen will also be racing at Bathurst for the first time, and is full of confidence after finishing the 2002 Championship in fourth place.
Formula Ford regular competitor Justin Cotter has tasted success at Bathurst, winning a race at the 1996 Championship round and will this year race a 2002 Spectrum chassis.
Daniel Reinhardt currently sits second in the Victorian State Championship, and will be driving the Spectrum 07 that Steve Owen took to two chequered flags in the 1998 Bathurst round.
Leading the Mygale chassis charge will be 16-year-old Victorian Tony D’Alberto and Mygale distributor Greg Woodrow, who has an impressive record at Bathurst with a pair of fourths in 1999. He will be racing the SJ96 that Luke Youlden steered to victory at Mt Panorama in 1999.
Looking for local support will be home-town hero Ben Eggleston who hails from Orange and has balanced both national and state racing this year.
The 36-car field will fight for Bathurst honours in two races at 11.35am on Friday 11th October and 7.40am on Saturday 12th October.
FORMULA FORD BATHURST FACTS
Of the 11 Formula Ford race winners at the Bathurst 1000 since 1994, 9 will be competing in V8s at the 2002 Bob Jane T-Mart 1000 (the exceptions being Will Davison who is overseas racing in Formula Renault and Gavin Monaghan)
The winners are: Steven Richards, David Besnard, Jason Bargwanna, Todd Kelly, Greg Ritter, Rodney Forbes, Steve Owen, Luke Youlden, Will Davison and Rick Kelly.
Of the 41 V8 cars competing at the Bathurst 1000, only 11 do not contain an ex-Formula Ford driver (that means over 70% of the cars have ex-Fford drivers in them).
Of the 21 Falcons competing in the Bathurst 1000, only two drivers do not contain an ex-Formula Ford driver.Over 50% of the V8 drivers at Bathurst are ex-Formula Ford drivers.
11 of the past 14 Formula Ford Champions will be driving at the Bathurst 1000 (the exclusions being Will Davison (overseas), Adam Macrow and Troy Dunstan).


Ford Credit Racing totally focused on Bathurst success

Glenn Seton and his Ford Credit Racing team will put 12 months planning into practice when they chase one of Australian sports most important prizes, victory at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst from October 10 –13.

The team refocussed its energies at the end of 2001, including the decision to run one car instead of two during the 2002 season.
The benefits of this decision will be important at Bathurst where the entire crew will dedicate all its energy on the #5 Ford Falcon AUXR8.
"Many people were critical of our decision to go back to one car at the start of the year, but I’m sure we’ll be a whole lot better off at Bathurst," said Seton.
"In terms of resources in the lead-up to the race, we have been able to dedicate people on practice and qualifying, while have others have made sure our race day equipment is ready for the 161-laps.
"This is the first time we’ve had enough equipment to take this approach, and I’m confident it’s something we can take real advantage of".
Seton was the pacesetter during practice and qualifying in 2001, clocking the fastest ever time around the 6.213km Mount Panorama circuit during qualifying. He went on to start on the front and led from the start of the race. A cut tyre after the final round of pit stops ended any hopes of winning and he finished in ninth place.
"Winning at Bathurst is every Supercar driver’s dream," said Seton. "Up until now my best result has been second in 1987, this year I want to go one better," said Seton.
"I’ve got a very good co-driver in Owen Kelly, as well as a crew that will give their all to winning the race, I could not ask for anything more."
One of the most promising drivers in the country, 25-year-old Owen Kelly singed on with Ford Credit Racing at the start of 2002, in the process dedicating all his efforts to winning at Bathurst.
"This is a big event for Glenn Seton Racing, but for me it’s pretty much a defining moment if I’m to make my mark on V8 Supercar racing," said Kelly.
"I’ve worked hard to keep myself in shape, and the team has given me plenty of miles in the car during testing. The race will be tough, but I’m more than ready for the Bathurst challenge".
As well as the team’s usual semi-trailer, the team will take another truck with the extra equipment required at Bathurst. Including in the list of items are 30 wheels and tyres, including 24 fully fitted with fresh rubber for qualifying and racing. The full crew will be at Bathurst from Wednesday.


 

 

 

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