Lowndes races to 6th in first Perth sprint Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and David Besnard finished today's first of three Perth V8 Supercar races in 6th, 14th and 20th positions. Lowndes race got off to a ...
Lowndes races to 6th in first Perth sprint
Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Craig Lowndes, Glenn Seton and David Besnard finished today's first of three Perth V8 Supercar races in 6th, 14th and 20th positions.
Lowndes race got off to a strong start in the CAT FPR BA Falcon, the triple Champion climbing from 9th to 6th by the first corner, commencing an aggressive set of opening laps to start his chase of the top five. Ford Credit FPR BA Falcon driver Seton lost three positions at the start, but was into the top ten by the fifth lap, assisted by competitor pitstops. FPV FPR Falcon driver David Besnard climbed from 21st on the grid to 16th by the fourth lap, heading off on a determined drive in the team's sole AU Falcon.
Understeer problems hampered Lowndes' progress, the driver electing to hold position in 6th and preserve tyre wear for tomorrow's two remaining 100 kilometre races.
The first FPR driver to pit was Besnard on lap 12, followed by Seton on the next lap and Lowndes on lap 16. Fast pit work by the FPR crew ensured that Lowndes re-joined the race within the top ten at 9th position. Seton rejoined in 19th and Besnard resumed the race from 26th after their fast stops. By the 28th lap, Lowndes had returned to 6th position, some three seconds behind Falcon driver Russell Ingall. Seton was up to 15th by this stage and Besnard to 22nd.
Only Lowndes had a fairly uneventful run to the finish, but it was a different story for Seton and Besnard who engaged in several close battles for position, Seton finishing 14th and Besnard 19th.
The race was won by Holden driver Greg Murphy with HRT driver Mark Skaife second and SBR Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose third.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "My race was spoiled by some major understeer, we have had this problem all weekend but during the race it progressed to another level altogether. It was a shame as we had a consistent car besides that and it wasn't worth generating excessive tyre wear as we were not in a position to catch 5th today. We'll get right onto it overnight and resume the FPR charge from 6th tomorrow."
#5 Glenn Seton - " That was a race full of battles and while it was enjoyable as a driver and it was good to come out of it with a straight car and some points, its not the part of the field that I'd prefer to be battling in. We'll work on our problems and have a faster car for tomorrow."
#19 David Besnard - "I'd rather finish at the front rather than in 20th but it was a good race. I didn't get a good start and I had to pass a few drivers to get where we finished. We have improved the car a lot since yesterday and the guys worked well during the pit stop."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "It was quite an entertaining race for the fans with lots going on out there. We did some great work in the pits and all three drivers drove a solid race, gaining the team a reliable three car finish. Our race weekend is off to a promising start and we look forward to tomorrow."