Albert Park: FPR qualifying report

FROSTY QUALIFIES IN DYING MINUTES Mark Winterbottom skidded into tomorrow's top-ten shoot out in the last minute of today's V8 Supercar qualifying after a steering glitch kept him in the pits for most of the session. The Orrcon Steel FPR...

FROSTY QUALIFIES IN DYING MINUTES

Mark Winterbottom skidded into tomorrow's top-ten shoot out in the last minute of today's V8 Supercar qualifying after a steering glitch kept him in the pits for most of the session.

The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon was trialing a new steering part, which needed changing during the 30-minute session.

A red flag meant more time was lost and Frosty had just six minutes to register a time. That's all he needed though, as he set the ninth-fastest lap of 1:58.3876.

Steve Richards was caught out by the red flag, saying the Castrol FPR Falcon needed at least four laps to get its tyres up to temperature. He set the 11th fastest time.

FPR will be back on-track tomorrow for the top-ten shoot out at 15:10 and the first race at 18:15.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"Sitting in the pit lane for most of the session wasn't ideal; it is a frustration mentally. My out lap was so fast because I was panicking about setting a time; I was racing people with cold tyres! I don't think ninth is a bad time for my first flyer and I was still very heavy with fuel as well."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"The car's fast enough but the tyres don't get up to temperature in the first three or four laps. The red flag caught us out; we didn't have enough running on the second set of tyres but even on that last lap I was two-tenths up in the first sector already.

"With cold tyres the car has under-steer and you can't get it into the corner. You have to keep driving the car hard to get it to turn and we just ran out of time. That's the way the cars handle, but that should make it a pretty good race car."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards