MORE SPEED TO COME FROM FPR Low grip at Oran Park kept Ford Performance Racing focused on race pace in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series practice session, with its potential speed yet to be seen. Today's heat meant planned changes...
MORE SPEED TO COME FROM FPR
Low grip at Oran Park kept Ford Performance Racing focused on race pace in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series practice session, with its potential speed yet to be seen.
Today's heat meant planned changes to improve the Orrcon Steel Ford Credit and Castrol FPR Falcons' distance running took longer to assess, allowing no time for a qualifying run.
That left Steve Richards and championship contender Mark Winterbottom in sixth and ninth respectively but engineers are confident there will be more speed for tomorrow's 12:05pm qualifying session.
Richo's car will run under the number 120 this weekend to commemorate the 120th anniversary of FPR sponsor, Dunlop (see attached press release).
Orrcon Steel Ford Credit FPR Falcon
"We certainly didn't see the maximum of what the car could do but the race pace is strong; we know what we've got to do to make it quicker, we just ran out of time.
"[Championship leader, Jamie] Whincup is obviously quick and we've still got to prove our own speed to ourselves tomorrow but we're pretty confident we'll be strong."
Castrol FPR Falcon
"From the data today we're clearly just adjusting to the track conditions. We couldn't make headway on any of the changes because there was no grip; it's just how this circuit is when it's hot.
"We changed so many things during the session to make the car handle in the race and had no chance to run through the same tests on greens. We need to have a look at the data and see what the bits and pieces were that worked but we're confident we've got a handle on it."
"We got a pretty good understanding of the car but didn't manage to put in a quick lap, primarily because of our concentration on race pace for most of the session. Obviously we've left ourselves a little bit exposed because we don't know our true pace but we're quietly confident."