DAY ONE'S DRY RUN Threatening skies led Ford Performance Racing down the wrong strategic route today as they waited for the heavens to open before pitting at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge. The tactic meant Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel...
DAY ONE'S DRY RUN
Threatening skies led Ford Performance Racing down the wrong strategic route today as they waited for the heavens to open before pitting at the Norton 360 Sandown Challenge.
The tactic meant Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon was slowed by back-markers as everybody looked skywards, but despite rain falling on the outskirts of the circuit, the bitumen remained dry.
Steve Richards, meanwhile, finished first of the drivers on hard tyres and is keyed up about having the Dunlop SportMaxx Sprint Tyres in his back pocket for tomorrow.
FPR will be back on track for qualifying at 10:15am.
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
"I had a sticking throttle and almost put the car in over the back section a few times because it would get stuck on. The car kept spearing off the track and I don't know if I was getting 100% throttle; it didn't feel like it.
"We were trying to luck into a strategy today, but it cost us a few spots in the end; when you're running around in 10th it doesn't really make much difference, 10th or 12th anyway."
Castrol FPR Falcon
"There's a definite advantage here with the soft tyres, and the fact we've got them for tomorrow will mean something as long as we can qualify in the top five; then there's a huge advantage.
"There wasn't much to this race from my position; just maintaining a pace, trying not to get caught up in any dramas. For me these races with soft and hard tyres are all about total race time. If we can maximise that you'll come out with the best result. If you get caught up scrapping you'll only slow yourself down and the guys on softs will only get past you anyway."
"On car six we strategically decided not to use the soft tyres and Richo was the highest placed finisher of hard tyres.
"With car five, we elected not to pit him until very late; we sacrificed around two positions because we could see rain on the radar. Two positions was a worthwhile sacrifice for the possible gain."