Barbagallo: FPR Friday notes

FPR FINDING A FIRM GRIP One of the busiest practice sessions of the V8 Supercar Championship season so far saw Ford Performance Racing rocket up the timesheet at Barbagallo today. Suffering from persistent under-steer in the mid-corner, both...

FPR FINDING A FIRM GRIP

One of the busiest practice sessions of the V8 Supercar Championship season so far saw Ford Performance Racing rocket up the timesheet at Barbagallo today.

Suffering from persistent under-steer in the mid-corner, both the Castrol and Orrcon Steel FPR Falcons were in and out of the pits as crew tried everything to remedy the problem.

In the last ten minutes both drivers bolted on newer tyres and immediately leapt into the top ten, with Steve Richards finishing fifth and Mark Winterbottom Sixth.

Engineers are now analysing the day's data to discover the root of the problem before tomorrow's qualifying at 9.30am.

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"We were trying lots of things but just kept doing the same lap times; it was all a bit strange. We put some better tyres on at the end and it improved but I think relative performance really was probably around 15th because your time was very dependent on when you put your tyres on.

"We were making wholesale changes and weren't really getting a read on what differences those changes made. I definitely think the circuit has lost a lot of grip from last year and on a green circuit sometimes our cars aren't quite as competitive as they are when the circuit grips up."

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I don't know where I am in reality but to be honest I don't really care. The handling of the car is the thing we've got to work on; if we get the car right we'll be P1, which is the goal.

"We are seven-tenths off P1 at the moment so wherever you fall in between that, we've only got one guy to chase who's clearly quick.

"I've only got to fix one area, the under-steer, and we'll be half-a-second quicker; it's killing me at least a tenth in every corner at the moment."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards