JASON BRIGHT RACES TO 7TH IN FINAL 2005 BATTLE
November 27, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has raced from the rear of the field to 7th in the third and final V8 Supercar race of the year held at Victoria's Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today.
The CAT FPR Falcon driver displayed superb pace throughout this final Championship round, topping the timesheets in practice and taking the third spot in qualifying. A pit lane accident during Saturday's first race relegated Bright to the rear of the field, from where he made up 17 places to finish 13th in today's first 32 lap race. He followed up this effort with a spirited drive to 7th in the third and final race of the round.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver David Brabham did not end his return to Australia on the high that he wanted after qualifying 15th on Friday. Today's two races saw him involved in a number of incidents that damaged his FPR Falcon, relegating the international Sportscar driver to the rear of the field. Brabham raced impressively to finish the first race of the round in 11th place, but the second and third race incidents set him back to 22nd and 31st places respectively.
FPR has finished in the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship top ten with Jason Bright 9th with 1566 points. The Prodrive team was the third highest placed Ford team in the 2005 Championship.
#6 Jason Bright - "After progressing well in the second race I didn't get the first lap that I needed in the third race and this made it a struggle to move up the order despite having a very good car. Staying out long probably didn't work out for us but we certainly had the car speed towards the closing stages of the race. We came here wanting to win this round, and while we didn't achieve that, we know that we are heading to the new season as genuine Championship contenders."
#5 David Brabham - "We had very strong car this weekend so my results in today's races were disappointing. I was involved in a number of incidents and the car became very difficult to drive as a result of this, so it became a matter of staying out there to the finish."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "It was always going to be a hard race for Jason after starting from the back in race two. He drove hard in both races today and his efforts combined with fantastic pit stops brought him back into the top seven. David was on the receiving end of some rough treatment today but he drove very well. As far as the team goes, it has been a great year - and we have a great group of people who are all looking forward to being Championship contenders next season. We have enjoyed fantastic reliablity all year and in the final four rounds we managed to get the some impressive pace out of our cars - a very promising way to end the season."
It was a highly successful final round for Ford Australia, with SBR Falcon driver Russell Ingall crowned as the 2005 V8 Supercar Champion and the second and third race victories going to his team mate Marcos Ambrose. This is Ford's third consecutive V8 Supercar Championship victory.