CUTTING EDGE DRAMA FOR FPR Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom retired from second place in today's V8 Supercar showcase event at Albert Park after pulling off a beautiful move on Will Davison. The 26-year-old made a blinding start...
CUTTING EDGE DRAMA FOR FPR
Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom retired from second place in today's V8 Supercar showcase event at Albert Park after pulling off a beautiful move on Will Davison.
The 26-year-old made a blinding start to the 19-lap race, passing Rick Kelly into third and nipping up the inside of Davison a lap later for second.
Jamie Whincup meanwhile was right on the tail of the battling pair and seized his opportunity at the next chicane. He and Frosty were side-by-side through two corners, before contact ended both drivers' race.
FPR team-mate, Steve Richards, started the race eighth and finished sixth. He narrowly missed out to Russel Ingall early in the race as he fought to pass Mark Skaife, but held off the chasing pack until the chequered flag.
The next V8 Supercar round will be at New Zealand on 20 April.
#5 Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon
"Inside the car wasn't that hot and it was running really well so it's a shame we didn't get to do a few more laps. My move on Will Davison was clean. He was a bit weak out of two and I was just going to pass him no matter what after following him all race yesterday! He tried to block and couldn't hold the corner.
"Jamie [Whincup] was on green tyres so he was quite quick, but his advantage was only going to last two laps. With these sorts of moves you're just fighting for position; you're not thinking about anything really because it all happens pretty quick but you've got to stand your ground.
"We're going to be racing wheel-to-wheel for the rest of the year; I came off second-best today but in another race it will come off in my favour; it's just the nature of the sport."
#6 Castrol FPR Falcon
"Everything got hot and we were just limited by brake and engine temps. Mark Skaife was defending pretty hard. I tried to go up on the inside but he was making the line pretty narrow and Russell Ingall got a criss-cross on me. There was not much I could do about it because everything just gets hot; you can't brake as late as you need to and the temperature alarm is coming on all the time.
"In races like that you really need to start at the front where you've got clear air so you can regulate the temperatures. Garth Tander had some impressive pace today but that was because he had clear air at the front. It makes that much different when the temperatures are so hot."
"The positive is that we had two very fast race cars. We didn't need to change anything on them after practice, qualifying or the races; they were perfect out of the box, which is a testament to the hard work done by the team after Eastern Creek.
"We're obviously disappointed with a couple of the incidents that happened this weekend but we're all looking forward to putting on a strong effort in Hamilton in five weeks' time."