Bahrain: Fujitsu Racing Saturday notes

Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright has battled through to 16th place overall at a dramatic 12th round of the V8Supercar Championship, the Gulf Air Desert 400, in Bahrain. Fellow Ford driver Jamie Whincup extended his championship lead with ...

Fujitsu Racing's Jason Bright has battled through to 16th place overall at a dramatic 12th round of the V8Supercar Championship, the Gulf Air Desert 400, in Bahrain.

Fellow Ford driver Jamie Whincup extended his championship lead with his third-straight overall win and fifth victory for the season.

Bright had a strong start to the weekend qualifying 12th before having all hopes of a top-5 result with a drive through-penalty in race #1.

Bright was battling with Fabian Coulthard, when the Fujitsu Racing Falcon hit the back of the other Ford.

The Fujitsu Racing team decided not to pit immediately when the safety car was called onto the circuit to recover Coulthard's car. Following some confusion by officials, Bright dived into the pits and emerged in third place. However, any hope of maintaining that position ended with the drive-through penalty and he finished 22nd.

A strong drive in the second race earned Bright 13th place before another dramatic final race of the weekend.

A collision involving Garth Tander and Mark Skaife resulted in Bright being stuck hard against the side of Skaife's car. He was able to re-join and thanks to a safety car he changed two damaged wheels and went on the attack from 26th position. Bright went on to finish in a creditable 14th place.

"What a weekend," said Bright.

"I had to pass so many cars, but still finished only in the middle of the pack!

"We had good car speed, but didn't have too many opportunities to show it.

"On re-starts we were not so good and cars got in front of us. Then it took a number of laps to then get back ahead of them.

"Now it is back home and the short trip across to Symmons Plains in Tasmania in just two weeks. I'm sure we can show some very good pace down there."

Fujitsu Racing Chief Engineer Geoff Slater was kept busy over the weekend.

"This track always throws up plenty of challenges and that is what we had this weekend," said Slater.

"We had a shocking round at the previous round on the Gold Coast and it was good to finish all three races this weekend.

"The car was strong and it was good to be able to battle with the opposition.

"Now it is back home and down to a track and event we enjoy in Tasmania."

The Falken Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains runs from 21-23 November.

-credit: bammedia.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Mark Skaife , Fabian Coulthard , Jamie Whincup