Top ten qualifying debut for FPR. March 6, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes has gained the new team's first top ten qualifying result after a superb 1:59.769s lap in the final seconds of the red flag interrupted 30...
Top ten qualifying debut for FPR.
March 6, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes has gained the new team's first top ten qualifying result after a superb 1:59.769s lap in the final seconds of the red flag interrupted 30 minute session. This effort placed him 7th overall.
The 28 year old triple V8 Supercar Champion was one of only eight drivers in the 32 strong field to set a sub two minute lap time on the fast 5.3 kilometre central Melbourne circuit.
FPR AU Falcon driver David Besnard improved from 24th in the morning session to set the 20th best time of the session (2:00.804s), one tenth of a second ahead of his team mate Glenn Seton in the team's second AU Falcon (2:00.920s).
HRT driver Mark Skaife took Pole position with a time of 1:59.082, two tenths of a second ahead of Team Brock driver Jason Bright and HRT debutant Todd Kelly.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "Our day has seen a number of niggling problems and the qualifying session was no exception. I had a jumping gear lever and the crew did a great job to sort it out in time to set a much faster lap with hardly any time left. We continue to learn in leaps and bounds with this car and I'm delighted with this qualifying result"
#5 Glenn Seton - "I have been having major traction problems all day so we will have some work ahead to improve the car for the races. I am confident that we can make the Ford Credit Falcon more competitive for tomorrow."
#19 David Besnard - "The car has improved greatly since the practice session, I am now confident that we have a good base from which to work on to have a faster car for the races ahead."
John Russell - FPR Chief Engineer - "A commendable effort by the whole team, David and Glenn worked particularly hard in the AU Falcons to gain their positions. We had a gear selection problem with Craig's car that interfered greatly with his session, so we are delighted with the lap time he achieved."
FPR will be back on the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit tomorrow (Friday March 7) at 3:25pm for the first of three 10 lap Netspace V8 Supercar Showdown races which will be televised live by Network Ten.