Phillip Island: FPR Friday notes

FPR SETS SAIL AT THE ISLAND Ford Performance Racing was fastest in the L&H 500 practice session today after overcoming Phillip Island's famous gale-force winds. The Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon stayed in the top ten throughout...

FPR SETS SAIL AT THE ISLAND

Ford Performance Racing was fastest in the L&H 500 practice session today after overcoming Phillip Island's famous gale-force winds.

The Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon stayed in the top ten throughout the three-part practice run, leaping to the top of the times with five minutes to go in the hands of Mark Winterbottom.

He and team-mate Steve Richards had been struggling with high-speed wind imbalance until then, as had Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon drivers Luke Youlden and Dean Canton.

The solution came too late for the latter, who remained 25th fastest, but Team Principal Tim Edwards was confident that bad tyres prevented them showing their true speed.

Cars will be back on track tomorrow at 09:10.

Mark Winterbottom
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"At the L&H 500 last year we were fighting for a championship but this time we're coming here with one goal: to win this race. The speed is coming at the right time in terms of winning the enduros but we've got to make sure we're in this spot come tomorrow afternoon.

"We focused on heavy fuel runs and had a few little steering issues that we had to iron out but the car was really good; very well balanced. It's definitely improved since the last round but until tomorrow, when we're all in qualifying in the same situation, it doesn't mean a lot."

Steve Richards
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon5

"This track is one of the few that are really affected by the wind's direction. Tomorrow we'll need to set the sail in a different direction if it changes because a 45 degree shift can make a big different. We got it right today and the car's performing really well."

Luke Youlden
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"We started off really well with P7 in Practice A but then we threw on a set of tyres and struggled. Then we had to put our second set of tyres on way too early, which threw out our programme. At the test last week the car was great but I'm definitely not as confident turning it as I was then. We'll talk to the engineers tonight and sort it out."

Dean Canto
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"It didn't run as planned today so we've got a bit of work to do. There was just no grip in the tyres which makes everything ugly!"

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Dean Canto , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island