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Double Finish for Prodrive Team

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Mark Winterbottom after winning the Desert 400...

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Prodrive’s Ford Performance Racing team pulled off a fantastic 1-2 finish at Symmons Plains in Tasmania on Sunday afternoon, when the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon of Mark Winterbottom, and FPR-prepared Bottle-O Racing Falcon of Paul Dumbrell crossed the line in first and second places respectively.

Starting from pole position, Frosty never looked threatened in a dominant display of speed – with the only tense moments being when asked by his engineers to lift-off the gas for a few laps to conserve his soft ‘sprint’ tyres.

“Without sounding arrogant, I don’t think there was a stage where I was really pushing overly hard,” Frosty said.  “The car was great in the wet – no dramas at all.  This has turned out to be a great weekend and it’s awesome to see PD (Paul Dumbrell) get his maiden podium.”

It was a great result for Dumbrell, who only on Saturday announced that he would be staying on with the Campbellfield performance outfit in 2011.

To top off a great weekend for FPR, the Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon of Steve Richards was steered home to finish in ninth place – an awesome accomplishment considering Richo’s starting position of 18th.

“Today’s race pace was promising,” Richo said.  “Qualifying the car was terrible.  I just couldn’t get the power down in the wet so we made a few changes to the rear before the race and it seemed to have paid dividends.”

The 84-lap race started on a rain-soaked circuit with continual drizzle, which in turn created the associated carnage and safety car periods throughout the early stages of the race, but before long the rain cleared and a dry racing line was produced allowing the front runners to get down to some serious racing.

Due to poor race results for James Courtney, Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, Frosty’s championship hopes are well and truly alive with the Orrcon Steel FPR racer sitting only 200 points behind championship leader Courtney with four races left to go in the 2010 season.

The FPR Falcons return to the race track next weekend at Sandown for the Norton 360 Challenge.

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