Albert Park: FPR race 1 report

FPR MAKE GROUND AT ALBERT PARK After starting 13th and 28th, Winterbottom and Richards made the best of the tricky conditions making up several positions each to finish in 9th and 22nd places respectively in the opening V8 Supercar race at ...

FPR MAKE GROUND AT ALBERT PARK

After starting 13th and 28th, Winterbottom and Richards made the best of the tricky conditions making up several positions each to finish in 9th and 22nd places respectively in the opening V8 Supercar race at the Australian Grand Prix this evening.

Low light and a damp circuit caught several drivers out over the 13-lap sprint, but the boys in blue managed to keep themselves out of trouble and bring home two straight FPR Falcons for tomorrow's second race.

"That was a bit of fun," Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom said.

"The car definitely improved under race conditions but obviously we could probably get a little more out of it... we've been trying a few different things this weekend - some have worked some haven't... not having to worry about championship points allows us the luxury to probably stretch our limits a little further as opposed to where we'd go if there we're points on offer.

"The track had dried out after the shower we had just before the race but there were still a few (painted) lines you wouldn't want to hit as a few of the other blokes found out... apart from a couple of scuff's the car's in pretty good nick for tomorrow."

Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon racer Steve Richards also drove a promising race, making up six positions in just 13 laps.

"Yeah that was much better today!," a happy Richards said.

"Yesterday's brake issues put a dampener on things but today everything was pretty good... I had a few good duels out there and came off best which always makes for a better day!" he joked.

"The car's responding like it should now so we've got a good platform to build on in tomorrow's race," Richo added.

-source: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Steve Richards