Queensland: FPR Saturday race report

'LOTS TO RACE FOR' SAYS FROSTY Race strategy was thrown into chaos at Ford Performance Racing this afternoon after Mark Winterbottom was forced to pit early with an oil-covered windscreen at Queensland Raceway. Frosty described the oil slick...

'LOTS TO RACE FOR' SAYS FROSTY

Race strategy was thrown into chaos at Ford Performance Racing this afternoon after Mark Winterbottom was forced to pit early with an oil-covered windscreen at Queensland Raceway.

Frosty described the oil slick as "like driving with a blanket over the windscreen" and ultimately the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon slipped off the greasy track on lap three.

Originally planning to pit later and swap onto control tyres, the team gambled on the short-lived soft tyres lasting the duration of the race. A nervous 30 laps later and Frosty had battled his way back to P3 for a welcome podium for the team.

Team-mate Steve Richards saved his soft tyres for tomorrow's race and still managed to finish 11th in the Castrol FPR Falcon, placing him in prime position for the 200km.

Sunday Qualifying begins at 10:15am.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"It wasn't a choice to keep the soft tyres on but when you can't see you're restricted! I speared off wide and lost a few spots. I told the crew I had to pit and they told me to hang on but I knew I couldn't. It was all about conserving after that. We had to fight hard for third but it's nice to be back on the podium.

"FPR should be up the front and we always thought we could be. This time last year we were leading but dropped off a bit. There's a lot left to race for and this is the time of year that you want to do well."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"The track was absolutely coated in oil from halfway down the straight in through turn three and up to turn four and you had to take a totally different line to get through. It wasn't ideal and guys were spearing off everywhere.

"It's great to have the softs tomorrow, but first and foremost we have to qualify well. If we qualify inside the top five we've got a really good shot at winning the race."

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"A great result for the team but a little frustrating that the oil the Vodafone cars were dropping compromised our race. Nevertheless still a great feeling for the team to be back on the podium.

"After that early stop we had no choice but to stay on soft tyres because we were forced to pit early. I was seriously worried about them lasting; we had no intention of stopping that early."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards