Bathurst 1000: FPR Friday notes

FPR IN THE RACE FOR POLE Mark Winterbottom was Ford's lead qualifier in today's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, finishing fourth fastest with pole decided in tomorrow's top ten shoot-out. A late red flag meant the Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR...

FPR IN THE RACE FOR POLE

Mark Winterbottom was Ford's lead qualifier in today's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, finishing fourth fastest with pole decided in tomorrow's top ten shoot-out.

A late red flag meant the Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon did not get a lap on its last set of fresh tyres, costing the team a small improvement. Frosty and co-driver Steve Richards, however, say there is still time to be found in the car and will be working with engineers overnight.

The sister car, driven for qualifying by Dean Canto, was improving throughout today's practice and qualifying sessions as he and co-driver Luke Youlden got used to running on green tyres. They finished 18th quickest, a similar starting position to last year when they scored a top-ten finish for Ford Performance Racing.

Cars will be on track tomorrow from 10:00 for practice before Frosty takes on the top ten shoot out at 15:45.

Mark Winterbottom
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"You only need to be in the top ten today for pole position at Bathurst so we're in, but we need to do a bit of work to translate it into a pole position tomorrow.

"I'm just looking forward to the shoot out now; it's one of the best feelings, owning this track and having it to yourself.

"The last two years we've been the last car out [having run fastest on Friday] and that worked well for us but I'm just going to approach it the same as normal; it's about nailing it on one lap."

Steve Richards
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I just sat and watched from the garage; there's nothing really to contribute in these situations so I watched Frosty do the job.

"The car's capable of going faster. Frosty didn't really get any use out of his last set of tyres; the red flag came out and he wasn't able to put in a time.

"Qualifying well here is great for bragging rights, and we've been on the front row for the last two years, but we're thinking about 4.30pm on Sunday afternoon, not so much where we start."

Luke Youlden
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"We were trying to make the car faster and Dean was reasonably happy with it but there were a couple of areas where we were down a tenth or two. That red flag at the end caught us out; we'd made a couple of late changes and didn't get the chance to put them to the test. I'm not sure how much it would have jumped us up, but obviously the times are very close."

Dean Canto
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"We might have ended up about 14th if the session had kept going. The red flag came out on my first flyer on that last set of tyres and I was up on my quickest time but not enough to make it into the top ten."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Dean Canto , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Steve Richards