FPR BACK ON THE PODIUM IN QUEENSLAND July 23, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has raced to his second consecutive runner-up V8 Supercar round result at Round 6 of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held...
FPR BACK ON THE PODIUM IN QUEENSLAND
July 23, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has raced to his second consecutive runner-up V8 Supercar round result at Round 6 of the 2006 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Queensland Raceway this weekend.
The CAT FPR Falcon driver backed up his second place finish in Saturday's first heat with a storming drive from 28th to 8th in today's 45 lap reverse grid race and third place in today's final race of the round, to finish second overall, gaining 294 Championship points. This has vaulted Bright into the Championship top ten for the first time this season at 8th overall.
BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom was also in strong form throughout the weekend, starting with 9th place in the first heat and in similar form to his team mate, roared through the field to finish 7th from 21st on the grid in race two. The 25 year old FPR Falcon driver then made the most of a car suffering from troublesome brakes to finish 9th in race three. This earned Winterbottom 244 Championship points, preserving his 5th place in the Championship standings with seven rounds remaining in the series.
Both FPR Falcon drivers reported varying levels of brake system problems during the weekend, the only down side to an otherwise extremely consistent performance that out- classed all of the Ford and Holden teams that use Queensland Raceway as their nominated test circuit.
#6 Jason Bright
"To experience the headaches that we did during the weekend and to still finish the round on the podium in second place is very promising for our potential in the remaining seven rounds of the series. The team worked magnificently this weekend to ensure that we remained strong throughout and I am glad to have finally broken into the Championship top ten at this round, where many expected the home teams to dominate."
#5 Mark Winterbottom
"Our brake problems held us back from a higher finish this weekend and I lost a few spots in the pits during today's third race by overshooting the mark - that dropped me from 7th to 12th on the track. It was a shame that we came to a circuit that suited our cars but one of those annoying problems held us back. Having said this, 7th for the round and the consolidation of my fifth spot in the Championship on a weekend that you struggle at, isn't really a bad weekend at all."
FPR Motorsport Director Tim Edwards
"A great result considering that we had to work a lot harder here compared to the last two rounds because we didn't have the base advantage at this circuit that we had for the other venues. Mark's weekend was ruined by some overly defensive driving by Steve Owen during race two - but he has still managed to consolidate his 5th place in the title hunt, while second overall by Jason is a fantastic result."
The round was won by Holden driver Garth Tander ahead of Bright and Ford driver Craig Lowndes.