Phillip Island: FPR Sunday notes

FPR 'BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR BIG ONE' Bathurst is looming and FPR has proved its credentials today with a strong podium finish in the L&H 500 at Phillip Island. Mark Winterbottom crossed the line in third place after a stellar race alongside ...

FPR 'BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR BIG ONE'

Bathurst is looming and FPR has proved its credentials today with a strong podium finish in the L&H 500 at Phillip Island.

Mark Winterbottom crossed the line in third place after a stellar race alongside co-driver Steve Richards, who started the 113-lap race from pole position.

Richo survived an intense first stint, warring with Alex Davison, David Besnard and being speared off by Nathan Pretty. He held his ground to hand the car over from fourth to Frosty on lap 49.

The Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon emerged third after the second round of pit stops and Frosty held rank until the chequered flag for his eighth podium of the year.

Luke Youlden and Dean Canto, meanwhile, drove an incredible race in the Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon to finish ninth from 19th on the grid. In the last stint Canto drove through to seventh before his rear tyres faded.

The iconic Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is next on the V8 Supercar Championship Series Calendar in four weeks' time and FPR is looking to earn its debut win.

Mark Winterbototm
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"It's a great result and it's nice to be back on the podium. I think we're really building momentum for the big one.

"It's all looking well; the last stint was really good after the team made a roll-centre adjustment. I was hopeful of a safety car to put us within passing distance of the two leaders, and I had one eye on the grey clouds but I'd rather win for the right reasons.

"We'll go forward and race them on the track at Bathurst. This result is definitely confidence boosting going into Bathurst. It was a good race."

Steve Richards
Castrol Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"It's a great relief to know the car's this good going to Bathurst. We seem to be pushing the right buttons and it's great to get such a good result for the L&H 500.

"The first stint was quite interesting. I saw Cameron McConville launching onto the track just in front of me and Lee Holdsworth and a few other cars spearing off. All in all we should be pretty pleased with the outcome."

Dean Canto
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"Luke had a bit of a cramping issue and it forced us to pit early but it fell into the plan with the safety car. I managed to pick a few guys off, which gave us some position and we were still in a good position going into the last stint. I got to about sixth but then the rear tyres just disintegrated and I fell back."

Luke Youlden
Orrcon Steel Castrol FPR Falcon

"It just happened for us today; we had genuinely good pace. The car was really good and we managed to really push on. I think the track just came to us a little bit; the car was strong in the changing conditions."

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"It's a great result for the team and all our hard work is really starting to pay off now but we've still got some more work to do because we want to be P1."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Nathan Pretty , Cameron McConville , Dean Canto , Alex Davison , Mark Winterbottom , Luke Youlden , Lee Holdsworth , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards , Phillip Island