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Monday, 21 December 2015 00:00

FPR to PRA: From paupers to kings

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While Prodrive Racing Australia has become synonymous with winning, its predecessor Ford Performance Racing took time to establish itself in V8 Supercars.

V8X Supercar Magazine issue #90 takes a look at the rise of the factory Ford team, from the early struggles to the change in fortunes leading into its championship-wining 2015 season.

Issue #90 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #90.

It's been quite a journey for Ford Performance Racing/Prodrive Racing Australia. Taking over from Glenn Seton Racing in 2003, expectations were high for the return of a fully-fledged Ford factory team.

After all, Prodrive had an impressive pedigree in international motorsport across rallying, sportscars and Formula 1, while Glenn Seton Racing had two championship wins in the Falcon V8 era.

Yet in its first season, it was fellow Ford team Stone Brothers Racing that ended the Holden Racing Team's five-year reign, while FPR struggled to get up to speed.

By the time it did, Triple Eight Racing Engineering became the dominant team in the series and leading Ford outfit before moving to Holden. Even Dick Johnson Racing, starved of Ford funding and fighting off the creditors, managed a surprise championship win before FPR.

And it wasn't until Prodrive sold the team to former racers Rod Nash and Rusty French that the team notched a breakthrough Bathurst 1000 win.

After years of disappointment, false dawns and diminishing factory funding, the team led by Tim Edwards kept the faith and is now reaping the rewards.

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #90.

FPR/PRA DRIVER HONOUR ROLL:

2003: Glenn Seton, Craig Lowndes, David Besnard, Adam Macrow* Owen Kelly*, Darren Hossack*
2004: Glenn Seton, Craig Lowndes, Alain Menu*, Adam Macrow*
2005: Greg Ritter, Jason Bright, David Brabham*+, Cameron McLean*
2006: Mark Winterbottom, Jason Bright, Matt Halliday*, Cameron McLean*, David Brabham*
2007: Mark Winterbottom, Steven Richards, Owen Kelly*, Matt Halliday*
2008: Mark Winterbottom, Steven Richards, Luke Youlden*, Dean Canto*
2009: Mark Winterbottom, Steven Richards, Luke Youlden*, Dean Canto*
2010: Mark Winterbottom, Steven Richards, Luke Youlden*, James Moffat*, Will Power*
2011: Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Steven Richards*, Luke Youlden*, Richard Lyons*, Mika Salo*
2012: Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Steven Richards*, John McIntyre*, Will Power*, Mika Salo*
2013: Mark Winterbottom, Will Davison, Steven Richards*, Steve Owen*
2014: Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert, Steve Owen*, Paul Morris*
2015: Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert, Steve Owen*, Cameron Waters*, Russell Ingall +

* Endurance drivers
+ Part-time or one-off appearance