Shell Helix Racing's Ford Falcons will be chasing Lady Luck through the concrete canyons of Surfer's Paradise this weekend, as it searches for a result to confirm the promising performance gains made in recent rounds of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.

"We've had good car pace and rotten luck," team owner Dick Johnson wrote on the squad's official website, "It's all well and good to say that we're getting back on track, but it's a big claim to make if we don't back it up with some results. After the run we've had, we really need some things to go our way for this one."

Confident of repeating the on-track performance of the previous two endurance rounds at Sandown and Bathurst, the Ford team is hoping to gain two places in the top ten - at least - for Steven Johnson and Max Wilson on the Gold Coast. As the second of two Queensland rounds, the team will to use its local knowledge and make the most of a home round advantage.

"This is really a second home track for us, and we hope the crowd will get behind a bunch of local boys," Johnson said, "There's a certain kind of magic when you have the crowd cheering you on."

After the disappointments of the endurance events, both Shell Helix Racing drivers are eager to get their Fords out on the track for the weekend's two 100km races.

"I love this circuit - the atmosphere, the speed and the fact that there's absolutely no room for error," Johnson Jr revealed.



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