November 8, 2003 - All three Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers have finished outside the top ten in today's rain soaked New Zealand V8 Supercar race, the first of three races to be contested at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway this ...
November 8, 2003 - All three Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers have finished outside the top ten in today's rain soaked New Zealand V8 Supercar race, the first of three races to be contested at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway this weekend.
Today's highest FPR finisher was Glenn Seton, the Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver raced consistently in the inclement conditions to finish 11th from his 14th spot on the starting grid.
CAT FPR Falcon driver Craig Lowndes was enjoying a strong early race lead gained in the opening laps and assisted by early competitor pit stops. The team adopted a race strategy that depended on a dry line developing before the end of the compulsory pit stop window. With no more than the one early safety car period in the wet race, Lowndes was called into the pits under the green flag on lap 24, inevitably dropping the FPR driver to 18th position. He made up two positions in the remaining four laps to finish 16th.
FPV FPR Falcon driver David Besnard finished 25th after a first corner contact with Ford driver Mark Larkham, which led to the first and only safety car period of the race. This was two places higher than his starting position of 27th, leaving the 26 year old driver with another hard start to the day tomorrow, from the rear of the field.
#5 Glenn Seton - "Our wet set up was good and the car was comfortable to drive throughout the race, which helped in maintaining a consistent race pace. I got off to a great start and was on the tail of the top ten throughout. We have a reasonably good starting position for tomorrow's race."
#6 Craig Lowndes - "The car was very good in the wet, I was happy with our lap times and I was able to maintain the race leading pace comfortably. It is always a bit of fun in the rain and I enjoy it, as the conditions demand being precise and smooth with the car. We really needed another Safety Car period, not unlike a few of our competitors, in order to gain a great result from this race. Knowing how well we have developed the car over the weekend, I am encouraged for tomorrow's races."
#7 David Besnard - "I got off to a good start and then got hit by Larkham heading into turn one. This spun me around and caused the rear panel to rub against the tyre. We repaired it as best we could and it was a shame as the car had plenty of pace in the wet and I am sure that we could have made up a lot of ground, which will need to be the case tomorrow."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell -- "A solid race for Glenn to give him a starting place of 11th for tomorrow, Craig ran very strongly but ultimately suffered due to our strategy. We were hoping for a dry line on the track before the compulsory pit stop window closed, sadly this was not to be. Unfortunately David was involved in contact from Mark Larkham which effectively ended his competitive chances in the race. "
FPR is back on the track at 9:55am (local time) for the warm up ahead of tomorrow's two races which are scheduled to start at 12:30pm and 4:00pm.