Albert Park: Ford Performance Racing Thursday report

FPR TO START FIRST AGP V8 SUPERCAR RACE FROM 12TH & 14TH March 30, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar drivers Mark Winterbottom and Jason Bright will start tomorrow's first ten lap V8 Supercar showcase race from 12th and 14th ...

FPR TO START FIRST AGP V8 SUPERCAR RACE FROM 12TH & 14TH

March 30, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) V8 Supercar drivers Mark Winterbottom and Jason Bright will start tomorrow's first ten lap V8 Supercar showcase race from 12th and 14th positions grid.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom was in strong form during qualifying, completing a mere two laps and setting the 12th fastest lap time before pitting for new tyres. While on his first flying lap on new rubber, a drive shaft failure left Winterbottom stranded on the circuit with ten minutes remaining.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright struggled throughout the session with handling problems, in which even a new set of tyres could not overcome, placing the 2001 Albert Park winner 14th on tomorrow's starting grid.

Todd Kelly will start tomorrow's first of three Grand Prix V8 Supercar races from Pole position ahead of Ford driver Jamie Whincup.

#6 Jason Bright - "We had some considerable problems during qualifying. At the start of the session the engine started misfiring and then the car became a major handful on the track. We will take a long look at everything to improve our set up for the races."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "We had a top three car today and that's what makes it very disappointing. I missed a gear on my 57.8s lap and told the crew to run a set of new tyres as I believed that we could do a 57 second flat lap as the car was that good. I didn't get the chance and its a shame - we look forward to a strong race performance tomorrow. "

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We are disappointed for Mark as he displayed top three potential today. We have some major handling issues on Jason's car that we believe are directly related to the major accident in Adelaide as his feedback was not consistent with the car set-up."

FPR returns to the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit at 3:30pm tomorrow for the first of three non-Championship races to be held over the weekend.

-fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards