Phillip Island 300: FPR Sunday notes

RETURN TO FORM CUT SHORT Speed was not the problem for Ford Performance Racing at Phillip Island today, with Mark Winterbottom qualifying the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon on the front row. Just two laps into the race, however, an over-enthusiastic...

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Speed was not the problem for Ford Performance Racing at Phillip Island today, with Mark Winterbottom qualifying the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon on the front row.

Just two laps into the race, however, an over-enthusiastic Shane Van Gisbergen pulled an arrogant move into turn one that sent Frosty skidding across the gravel at 230kph.

Winterbottom looked to have saved the car from retirement, steering back onto the track albeit at the back of the field. A fight-back was not to be, however, as the incident ripped a belt from the car, killing his oil pressure and cutting the engine on pit straight.

Steve Richards could not improve the handling of his Castrol FPR Falcon for qualifying this morning, starting from the 12th row. It was transformed in the race, however, and by the end Richo's lap times were equal to the top three when given clear air. He finished 14th.

Cars will be back on track at Barbagallo for races 23 and 24 of the Championship from 20 - 22 November. .

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"Qualifying was good; the car was good but we didn't get to show what it can do

"I had no grip off the line and then it was pretty greasy for the first lap. I was just about letting everything come up and waiting for the tyres. Shane wasn't alongside me; I would have given him room if he was in. He got me straight in the rear and I was off at high speed; it's pretty disappointing.

"There's two more rounds this year and I'll square up with him. He'll end up getting another one back for that."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"The car in qualifying just didn't have the grip. I stand here and say that but my team-mate was on the front row. It's been one of the most frustrating race weekends of my career. I'm driving the car as hard as can drive it and I'm 24th and 26th but if I drove the car any faster I'd have had a crash.

"The car was much better in the race. I was doing times competitive with the top three. Clearly the cars were a little bit different in qualifying; just small minor changes but they seem to make a massive difference. I could see I was going faster in clear air in the race; I was going faster than Garth Tander."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Phillip Island