Sandown: FPR Friday notes

FPR ON COURSE Ford Performance Racing finished third and 20th in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series' testing at Sandown International ahead of this weekend's round five. Cool conditions meant the FPR Falcons struggled to get heat into...

FPR ON COURSE

Ford Performance Racing finished third and 20th in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series' testing at Sandown International ahead of this weekend's round five.

Cool conditions meant the FPR Falcons struggled to get heat into the front tyres over the track's short, sharp corners with Mark Winterbottom finishing third and Steve Richards aborting his flying lap after encountering slowing traffic.

Both drivers say there is much more to come over the next two days and are optimistic about tomorrow's qualifying, which will be vital in this new-for-Sandown sprint race format.

The three shorter races, which replace Sandown's traditional endurance format, will put all the emphasis on the long run to turn one. With fewer laps than last year to make up lost places the start is bound to be an aggressive event off the low-grip grid.

V8 Supercar Championship Series qualifying will start tomorrow (Sunday) at 9.55am.

Mark Winterbottom

#5 Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon

"The car came out of the trailer pretty good. On the last lap we came out in a bit of traffic and I probably didn't nail the best time.

"I hope I can make it two [round wins] in a row this weekend. We're in a good position to do that because this track suits our team. We'll be fighting hard to make sure we give it the best shot we can. It favours us better than Perth did."

Steve Richards

#6 Castrol FPR Falcon

"We're a lot better off than it looks on the time sheet. When we put the tyres on, all the cars must have been on the same third of the track so I didn't get a clear line. The last lap I was going alright but Rick Kelly was slowing down so I couldn't put in a good time.

"With the weather being cold it doesn't necessarily suit our cars because it takes time for the front tyres to gain the grip but that is the biggest issue. Otherwise it's business as usual."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards