Eastern Creek: FPR Saturday report

BRIGHT INTO EASTERN CREEK TOP TEN May 28, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has qualified 9th at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway ahead of tomorrow's two races to decide the 4th Round of the 2005 Australian V8 ...

BRIGHT INTO EASTERN CREEK TOP TEN

May 28, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has qualified 9th at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway ahead of tomorrow's two races to decide the 4th Round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.

The CAT FPR Falcon driver was in strong form during the two hour morning practice session, but developed some brake problems during qualifying, still making the top ten at 9th. On his top ten shoot out lap, brake locking problems saw him remain 9th with a lap time of 1:32.9446s (151 kph av. spd.). This was Jason's 20th V8 Supercar top ten shoot out appearance out of the last 21, an effort that is unmatched by any of his rivals.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter qualified 19th with a fastest lap time of 1:32.8002s (151.3 kph) a competent time given that the 32 year old Victorian driver lost the majority of the morning practice session due to an engine airbox fire. This now becomes Ritter's highest qualifying result at Eastern Creek, his previous best being 22nd in 2002.

Ford driver Craig Lowndes took Pole position (1:31.5010s - 153.4 kph) ahead of Holden driver Mark Skaife and defending Ford Champion Marcos Ambrose.

FPR returns to the track tomorrow for the first of two 36 lap races at 11:20am. The second race starts at 3:15pm.

#6 Jason Bright - "We had a reasonable practice session that we learned quite a bit from, but I was locking the right front wheel quite badly during practice and qualifying and that cost us badly. A change that we made between sessions has sent us in the wrong direction. The guys will look over everything tonight to create a better set up for tomorrow's races."

#5 Greg Ritter - "We were still chasing car set-up during qualifying, due to having lost so much time in practice, so being in the top twenty isn't as bad as it could have been. The car was a bit unbalanced so we have some handling issues to sort out overnight. We will see what we can do to be on the track with a better race car tomorrow."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We have got plenty of things to think about for tomorrow, as we have got some obvious things that are wrong with both of our FPR Falcons and these should be fairly simple for us to fix. We are a bit hampered here with everything being compressed into the one day as opposed to having a night between practice and qualifying. We will look at all of the data tonight and we are confident of setting up two strong race cars for tomorrow."

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards