FPR SETS THE PACE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
November 25, 2005 - CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has set the pace to beat at Victoria's Phillip Island today by setting the fastest V8 Supercar lap time (1:34.3171s) during today's two hour practice session.
Bright's fastest lap was completed with nine minutes remaining in the warm and windy session, yet none of his competitors could better his Phillip Island pace, leaving the 32 year old FPR Falcon driver just over one tenth of a second ahead of Phillip Island's second and third fastest drivers today, Ford's Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes. Their efforts ensured a blue oval top three heading into tomorrow's qualifying and the opening final round race.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver David Brabham was well within the top ten throughout most of the long session which was interrupted by two red flag periods. Towards the end of the session and while on a fast lap with new tyres, Brabham had an off circuit foray that ended his chances of moving up the order. His fastest lap time to that point (1:35.3898s) placed him 16th overall and well within the top half of the field.
#6 Jason Bright - "Today was similar to our test day here last week, just not as windy. We made a lot of ground over recent rounds to overcome our problems and we also struggled during some of our test days here this year. We didn't get a good run on our first set of tyres today but after making some changes and using another set of new tyres we managed to take a big chunk out of our lap time and it was very satisfying to see that time stand to the end of the session."
#5 David Brabham - "It has been a good day for the team and Jason has proven without any doubt that the car is fast - he made some changes during the session that we will obviously follow for tomorrow. We were running competitively on old tyres and we kept improving all the time. I was disappointed at the end not to get a good run on new tyres, but I know that we will have a good race set up."
FPR returns to the seaside circuit tomorrow at 10:45am for qualifying, followed by the top ten shoot out and the first of three races to decide the Bigpond Grand Finale at 3:40pm.