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400th race FPR’s Townsville pole & podiums Neff Nails ‘em again Castrol EDGE Winternationals – THIS WEEKEND

13th JULY 2011


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DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CASTROL & FPR The Castrol EDGE backed FPR pair of Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom walked away from the Sucrogen Townsville 400 having secured podium positions in Saturday and Sunday’s races respectively. The results shot Winterbottom into the top five in the Championship, whilst Davison would have consolidated his position had it not been for being spun during Sunday’s 200km affair. Saturday’s race saw Jamie Whincup finishing in second and Garth Tander in first, on Sunday the TeamVodafone pair of Whincup and Craig Lowndes taking one-two ahead of Winterbottom. Winterbottom took pole position on Saturday but narrowly missed out on a fifth consecutive pole position on Sunday, coming in second. Saturday saw the Castrol EDGE backed teams finish consistently with Winterbottom in fifth, close by in seventh was, Rick Kelly in his Castrol-backed Jack Daniel’s machine. Veteran driver Russell Ingall finished in tenth, and after leading for part of the race Paul Dumbrell came in at 12th, he was one of only two drivers who started the race on soft tyres. The other Jack Daniel’s car driven by Todd Kelly came in 14th position, finishing towards the back of the field was Tony d’Alberto who managed 18th; he was followed by Kelly driver Greg Murphy who celebrated his 400th race, Dave Reynolds brought the Stratco racer home in 24th. Sunday brought another podium this time for Winterbottom, however the rest of the field fell behind Saturday’s performance. Will Davison was keen to back up yesterday’s podium but struggled after a safety car period and an incident with Jason Bright sent him to the back of the field, he finished in 18th position. Supercheap Auto Racing’s Russell Ingall’s pushed forward finishing in ninth, whilst Paul Dumbrell brought the Bottle-O Falcon into 10th, Rick Kelly was the first of the Kelly Gang home in 13th. Steve Owen in the Castrol-backed VIP Petfoods machine followed in 14th; Greg Murphy, David Reynolds and Tony D’Alberto all trailed the field in 20th, 22nd and 25th. The next event will be Queensland Raceway across the weekend of August 19-21.


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CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

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Jamie Whincup Craig Lowndes Shane van Gisbergen Rick Kelly Mark Winterbottom Will Davison Paul Dumbrell Greg Murphy Russell Ingall Todd Kelly David Reynolds Tony D'Alberto

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CASTROL EDGE & GREG MURPHY – 400 STRONG Fittingly, the Sucrogen Townsville 400 represented the 400th race for Kiwi veteran, Greg Murphy and Castrol played its part in congratulating him.

Racing, it’s a partnership that has been enduring for many years and for many highlights of not only my racing career, but my life in general.”

Murphy – who has enjoyed most of his career highlights with Castrol on the cars he’s driven – was blown away by the reception he received.

Members of Kelly Racing’s team held a giant Castrol EDGE AFL-style banner for the multiple Bathurst winner to drive the Pepsi MAX Crew car through before the assembled media were able to gain quotes from the New Zealand born racer.

“Castrol is more than just a sticker on the car for us at Kelly


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IT’S NEFF-UNNY – MIKE WINS AGAIN Mike Neff and his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang have upstaged the remainder of the Funny Car field at 14th annual NHRA O’Reilly Rt. 66 Nationals, securing his fourth win for the season. The John Force Racing driver set the fastest times in all four rounds at the Nationals Rt. 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois last weekend. He recorded runs of 4.257, 4.223, 4.252, and 4.246 seconds to attain the fifth win of his career; and defeat Jeff Arend in the final, Arend ran 5.160. He was quick to praise the team behind his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang; “(The success today) is just a tribute to our Ford Mustang body; I believe it is the best aerodynamically; it gives us lots of downforce without the drag; it is just a great car; it comes down to preparation by the team. “Any time you get a race car that is that consistent you really have to give the credit to the team; all the guys that are changing those parts, building those motors, they are doing everything exactly the same. “There are no variables; that is a key thing for a tuner. I had the luxury of not changing anything; they are so precise in what they do; the car just kept repeating itself, I am very happy about that.” Fellow John Force Racing drivers, John Force and Robert Hight were unable to follow Neff with the quick runs, losing out in earlier eliminations; the three however all remain in the top ten in the championship. Mike Neff leads the field in first place, Robert Hight is in third and John Force follows in eighth place; they will next compete at the 32nd annual Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver Colorado, July 22-24.


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CASTROL PARTNERS ENJOY TOWNSVILLE

The magic weather in Townsville allowed a number of Castrol corporate guests the opportunity to check out the action in comfort from above the Ford Performance Racing pit area. They got to tour the pit garages, meet the drivers, check out the Freestyle MX at the eXcellerator Zone and generally enjoy the weekend’s action. For the third year, Castrol gave over the suite on Friday to the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland to host families and sufferers of Leukaemia and related blood disorders. The team from the Foundation were able to get into the Ford Performance Racing pit area and get close to both Will Davison and Mark Winterbottom just before they went out for practice!


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WINTERNATIONALS:

THIS WEEKEND Over 300 of Australia’s leading drag racers will return to Queensland’s Willowbank Raceway for this weekend’s re-running of the 44th annual Castrol EDGE Winternationals.

then eliminations come Sunday.

After its postponement on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, it has been re-scheduled for this weekend.

World number three, Cory McClenathan will be back in Australia taking on Darren Morgan in the Top Fuel field, whilst the Pro Stock Championship will come down to an exciting conclusion with anything up to four drivers in with a shot of winning.

Most ANDRA Pro Series Championships are still up for grabs with competitors expected to pick up where they left off with qualifying three and four to be complete and

Tickets are available online at www.willowbankraceway. com.au and action will begin on Friday, with ANDRA Pro Series qualifying on Saturday.


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Castrol EDGE Racing News Issue 10