Queensland: FPR Sunday race report

'AWESOME' RACING KEEPS FPR IN HUNT Mark Winterbottom has moved into sixth place in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, just 147 points off third-place Garth Tander, after the weekend's racing at Queensland Raceway. Frosty scored the most...

'AWESOME' RACING KEEPS FPR IN HUNT

Mark Winterbottom has moved into sixth place in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, just 147 points off third-place Garth Tander, after the weekend's racing at Queensland Raceway.

Frosty scored the most points overall for the weekend with a third-place finish yesterday and fourth today.

He started today's race from pole in the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon but, after using his sprint tyres in yesterday's outing, had a titanic battle to stay in contention.

He eventually just missed the podium after Russell Ingall, on the faster soft tyre, passed him in the dying laps for third.

Team-mate Steve Richards qualified tenth in the Castrol FPR Falcon and described this afternoon's race as ‘one of the best' in his career. He battled with Jason Bright and James Courtney for the entire 65 laps, keeping them both at bay for seventh place at the chequered flag.

FPR will be back on track in three weeks' time for the L&H Phillip Island 500, the first race of this year's Season of Endurance.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"At the end I was physically tired but just tried to fight for the finish; you never give up because it's a podium you're racing for and we want every last point.

"The brakes were gone and the tyres were gone but I just had to battle in those last few laps. Ingall was a little bit too quick at the end but without the problems I would have been able to hold him I reckon.

"The speed is good and I'm really happy with how the cars have gone and how hard the guys have worked. This is by far the best round we've had over two days and it's the right time to do it, just before the enduros."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"I think that's one of the best races I've ever had; it was awesome with those two guys [Jason Bright and James Courtney]. I couldn't get over how good it was. Everyone was leaving room but it was totally high-pressure the whole time and really good driving by everyone.

"It was hard work. I knew they were going to be strong after the stops because they had fresh tyres and mine were old. I tried not to make any mistakes. My brakes were incredible so I just made sure I got good runs off the corners so they couldn't pass me; I didn't even need to block!"

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"You've always got the gamblers who totally roll the dice and put the softs on at the end of the race. It's a big risk for potentially big reward. Maybe we're just too conservative for that.

"We had planned to go a bit longer but the cars were getting caught in traffic so we went for clear track instead.

"It was a great recovery for the team today after the last few rounds. Mark had three cars in front of him who all had the soft tyres at some point today and Richo was pushed by Courtney for the whole race but just took the pressure."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards