BRIGHT SECOND PLACE FOR FPR IN QUEENSLAND June 22, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has continued the blue oval team's consecutive run of podium finishes with a fast paced second place finish in today's opening Bigpond 400 V8 Supercar race...
BRIGHT SECOND PLACE FOR FPR IN QUEENSLAND
June 22, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has continued the blue oval team's consecutive run of podium finishes with a fast paced second place finish in today's opening Bigpond 400 V8 Supercar race by Jason Bright at Queensland Raceway. Team mate Mark Winterbottom gained a top ten finish at 9th after a solid performance.
The CAT FPR Falcon driver started the race from second on the grid after earning his third consecutive front row starting position following another impressive qualifying effort. A strong start saw Bright chase pole-setter Garth Tander for the opening eight laps before making his compulsory pit stop. A sub four second stop by the FPR crew placed Bright in a position to challenge for the lead once his Holden rival pitted, and this strategy was realised on lap 11 when Tander stalled while exiting his pit bay, allowing Bright to power into the race lead. Bright retained the top spot for a further ten laps, but an emerging brake pressure problem was making it difficult for the FPR Falcon driver to defend his position, yielding to Tander at the circuit's third turn on lap 21. Bright continued the frantic V8 Supercar chase to the chequered flag despite his problems, finishing 1.6 seconds behind Tander at the completion of the 32 laps.
Winterbottom started the race strongly in the BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon from 6th on the grid, gaining one position by the first corner and beginning a solid race pace leading to his compulsory pit stop on the 7th lap. The 25 year old driver was caught out by the number of cars exiting the pit lane when he needed to re-join the race, delaying his pit lane exit and costing several track positions. He continued the race to finish 9th, registering another top ten finish and valuable points towards his Championship tally.
Tander and Bright were followed to the chequered flag by Ford driver James Courtney.
#6 Jason Bright - "I didn't get a good start - I got the jump off the line but couldn't get the power down well, giving Garth the lead into the first corner. The car was very good early on, but as the race progressed a problem developed with the brakes which was similar to what we experienced in Perth. This forced me to pump the pedal more to build up pressure during the race. The team told me that Garth had stalled in pits and our plan was always to get past during his stop. It was difficult to hold him back following that and I also went off the circuit briefly while trying to find the limits of the brake problem. We know what we need to do to fix it and while this isn't an ideal situation to be in, I am sure that we will be faster tomorrow."
#5 Mark Winterbottom - "I got off to a very good start and gained a place, pitting from fifth position early in the race. I was held in the pit box as other cars trundled down pit lane and lost six positions by the time I re-entered the circuit. We also tried a different brake pad for the race that didn't work as well as we had planned, so overall it was a disappointing race. On the positive side we gained another top ten finish and I am well positioned for the races tomorrow."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A great result for the team, ideally we wanted to win the race, but Jason's second place was still a strong result. An unfortunate race for Mark, as he had the car speed but found himself blocked in the pit lane - a consequence of where we are situated in the pit lane. All in all today was a strong start to the weekend for us."