Hidden Valley: FPR Friday notes

FPR LOOKING FORWARD TO FRESH TYRES Darwin's reigning victors, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards, were sixth and seventh quickest for the V8 Supercar Championship Practice at Hidden Valley today. Ford Performance Racing has a lot to live up...

FPR LOOKING FORWARD TO FRESH TYRES

Darwin's reigning victors, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards, were sixth and seventh quickest for the V8 Supercar Championship Practice at Hidden Valley today.

Ford Performance Racing has a lot to live up to after taking out its first 1-2 round finish at the circuit last year and both drivers said everything was going according to plan after this afternoon's session.

Looking at the times, Team Principal Tim Edwards estimated a large percentage of the field fitted better tyres to record a quick lap. Since the Castrol and Orrcon Steel FPR Falcons were not among them, sixth and seventh-fastest seems very promising for tomorrow's qualifying at 11am.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"The cool suit didn't work for the whole of the first segment of practice so it was pretty hot. You've just got to block it out and pretend it's not there but that's easier said than done.

"It's going to be hot for 67 laps on Sunday if it fails again so we've just got to make sure it doesn't. The whole of that last segment was easy because when the suit is working you could do 100 laps no problem. It makes a massive difference."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"The car's got a really good balance; it's just a bit slow in the middle of all the corners so we've got to have a bit of a think about that overnight. There's no question we'll be closer with a set of green tyres but I just feel that something's limiting the car at the moment.

"I think we've done a really good job for the last two rounds in particular; qualifying has gone really well and we've done things to the car that will help me. My expectation was to come here and be ultra competitive and if we can unlock that last 10th we'll be looking good."

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"We tried to focus on the basics today and I think we ticked all the boxes. Both drivers are happy with the car, as a qualifying and race car, but the proof will be in the pudding tomorrow.

"Our focus has changed. Since Tasmania we've identified all the issues we've had this season; there's a cause for every one of those issues and hopefully we've addressed them all."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards