FORD PERFORMANCE RACING
Castrol has partnered FPR since British motor racing organisation Prodrive purchased Glenn Seton Racing in early 2003, and renamed it Ford Performance Racing as part of a marketing push to link the Prodrive-owned Ford Performance Vehicles road cars to the popular V8 Supercars. 2014 sees this historical partnership continue with Castrol as both a commercial partner and technical partner of FPR. Technical teams from Castrol and FPR have worked together for the past decade in creating specially blended oils to maximise the performance of the factory Ford V8 Supercar. This partnership has seen the teams taste success in the way of an abundance of wins, podiums and pole positions to drivers such as - Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Jason Bright, Craig Lowndes, Steven Richards, Paul Dumbrell, David Reynolds and Alex Davison. Castrol are proud supporters of the Ford Performance Racing Team and the Castrol backed drivers, Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert continue to be a force in the Australian V8 Supercar competition. Find out more about the drivers Mark Winterbottom and Chaz Mostert and how Castrol EDGE is the only oil recommended for the new range of supercharged Ford Performance Vehicles, BOSS 315 and 335 engines.
FORD PERFORMANCE RACE DRIVERS
The man known as ‘Frosty’ joined an elite group of drivers in 2013 when he claimed his maiden Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victory – the first for the Ford factory team since 1977’s famous 1-2. While the title eluded him again due largely to a number of early-season incidents, his charge up the table from Austin in May through the final race in Sydney showed with a clean run he will again be a contender in 2014. With a recently-inked, long-term deal he is the face of Ford in V8 Supercars. Winterbottom first came to the notice of Blue Oval fans for his domination in karting, where he regularly raced against now V8 Supercar rival Jamie Whincup. Given a leg up into Formula Ford, he finished runner-up to Whincup in the 2002 national series before landing the deal of a lifetime with Stone Brothers Racing. In his first V8 Supercars season, Winterbottom dominated to win the Dunlop Series and seal the Rookie of the Year Award but, with no spare seats at SBR, he was contracted out to Mark Larkham’s squad where he quickly learnt just how tough the V8 Supercars Championship could be. After two seasons of toiling away, ‘Frosty’ moved to the works-backed Ford Performance Racing outfit in 2006, tasting his first podium, round win and race win all in the same season before finishing third in the championship – the first of four third places finish in the V8 Supercars Championship in his career so far.
This year sees Chaz Mostert graduate to the official Ford factory after only 11 events in the main series. A stellar debut season in 2013, where he missed the first seven races before joining Dick Johnson Racing as a replacement driver, the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Champion was an instant success story. Recording a win in just his 19th start, he lead home a memorable Ford 1-2-3-4 at Queensland Raceway to make a strong announcement as a future star. A star in karts, Mostert dominated the field in the 2010 Australian Formula Ford Championship, winning an incredible 10 of the last 12 races in the series. In 2011 he made his Dunlop Series debut in an ex-Triple Eight Falcon with Miles Racing before being snapped up by Ford Performance Racing after a stellar wet weather drive at Queensland Raceway, after which he claimed a podium and pole position on his debut with the team. In 2012 he competed in the Dunlop Series with FPR, winning two rounds and finishing third in the series behind Scott McLaughlin and Scott Pye. He began 2013 driving an ex-Mark Winterbottom/FPR car for MW Motorsport in the Dunlop Series and won the opening round at Adelaide before receiving a call-up through his FPR links to move out of the ‘DVS’ and take over the #12 Falcon at Dick Johnson Racing.