Phillip Island: FPR Saturday notes

FPR STARTS L&H 500 FROM POLE None-stop track action today at Phillip Island saw Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards emerge on pole position for tomorrow's L&H 500. The two drivers, who will share the Castrol Orrcon...

FPR STARTS L&H 500 FROM POLE

None-stop track action today at Phillip Island saw Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards emerge on pole position for tomorrow's L&H 500.

The two drivers, who will share the Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon for tomorrow's 113-lap race, were the fastest pairing over today's qualifying structure, which saw both race in separate 14-lap sprints.

The compulsory pit stop, which can be taken in either race A or B, was taken my Richo. After a dramatic start, in which Steve Johnson stalled his car on the grid, Richo finished 15th but, more importantly, in front of all the other cars that pitted.

Frosty, who was the fastest man overall today, started his race from pole position and never looked in danger of losing the lead. That gave the pair a joint points tally of 70, well ahead of second-place Triple Eight Racing.

Luke Youlden and Dean Canto qualified 19th overall after problems with tyres. They are now going to work with Richo and Frosty over-night to find the missing pace.

Both cars are back on track tomorrow at 10:25am.

Mark Winterbottom
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"There's plenty happening in qualifying and these races but both of us did a solid job. It's a great reward for FPR after how hard we've worked.

"Saturday has always gone well for me at the enduros in the last couple of years but Sunday hasn't been as kind. I think our race pace is going to be pretty good but 113 laps is a long way and it's nice to do it in clean air rather than battling people.

"L&H is our sponsor and it's their event so we wanted to do them proud."

Steve Richards
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I had a cracker of a start in that race only to find a stalled Jim Beam car in my path. I picked a side to go to and was committed; if he had of moved more we would have crashed.

"In terms of strategy, we [the drivers] like to know what's going on but don't have that much input. We have a pretty good understanding of how it all works though and that was absolutely the right call from our engineers."

Luke Youlden 2Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"I got a massive flat spot all the way down the hill in that race. I was trying to avoid everyone and had to turn left; it fried the left tyre. I'm definitely still confident for tomorrow; the other car's obviously quick so we just need to get our head together."

Dean Canto
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"I got a good jump off the start but then had the stalled Jim Beam car in front of me. That was a bit hairy because the guys next to me were both looking to go the same way! I'm not too worried about the race tomorrow; we started further back last year and came a long way back up."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Dean Canto , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Steve Johnson , Steve Richards , Jim Beam , Phillip Island