Australian V8 Supercar outfit Ford Performance Racing is beefing up its engineering team on Mark Winterbottom’s Falcon in Bahrain this weekend as it pushes to win the 2008 team and driver championships.
Winterbottom is currently second in the drivers’ standings, 75 points behind Jamie Whincup and 31 ahead of Garth Tander with three rounds to go.
The team’s chief engineer, Phil Keed, will join Winterbottom’s regular race engineer Dan Kroehn. Data engineer Ben Inkster replaces Keed as race engineer on Steve Richards’ Castrol FPR Falcon.
Team boss Tim Edwards said FPR trialled Inkster engineering a car earlier in the yea. “He did a great job and so we’ve restructured slightly (freeing) Phil Keed up to look at the bigger picture in our effort to secure the drivers’ and teams’ championships.”
Inkster is upbeat about the changes and is relishing the chance to focus on running the Castrol Falcon. “I’m really positive about the rest of the season; Richo’s an awesome driver. At Indy we didn’t get the tyres and the brakes right so we’re working really hard on that for Bahrain.
“It’s really hard on the tyres. You have one lap on the tyres and then after that the car’s useless. The way we see it, you’ve got one lap for qualifying.”