Shanghai: FPR Friday report

BRIGHT TOP FORD IN OPENING SHANGHAI V8 SUPERCAR SESSION June 10, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright was second fastest in today's first ever V8 Supercar practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit in China ...

BRIGHT TOP FORD IN OPENING SHANGHAI V8 SUPERCAR SESSION

June 10, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright was second fastest in today's first ever V8 Supercar practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit in China today.

Bright was in consistently strong form throughout the two hour session that started on a wet circuit and ended on a much faster dry track, suiting the initial set-up of the CAT FPR Falcon. The 32 year old Victorian driver was just over one tenth of a second behind Holden driver Mark Skaife, with Holden driver Greg Murphy third. Bright was the only Ford driver in the Shanghai top five today.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Greg Ritter displayed promising speed today that saw him close in on the top ten in the wet and drying conditions, although an off circuit excursion while coming to grips with the highly challenging 5.4 kilometre circuit cost him track time. He also encountered slower traffic during the session's closing stages, which kept his lap time well below the potential of the car, settling at 27th.

#6 Jason Bright - "We were well within the top ten early so I spent a fair bit of time out of the car waiting for the circuit to dry out. We made a number of changes to the car as we were surprised by the tremendous grip this circuit has in the dry. I would have preferred 30 laps in the dry, given that we had two sets of dry tyres to use - but it was the same for everyone. It is very good to put our last round behind us and to start so strongly here in China today. This is a great circuit - it reminds me of racing open wheelers as it has very high grip levels and our tyres seem to really like the surface."

#5 Greg Ritter - "The session started in very trying conditions - and I was caught out once when I slipped off the circuit. The grip level kept changing all of the time until it dried out, so it became difficult making changes. I got a good run towards the end of the session as the circuit dried out, but on two of my fastest laps I was held up by traffic - which you have to expect as everyone tries to become accustomed to this new circuit. I believe that we can be much faster tomorrow. The circuit is absolutely amazing, it is very difficult to get it absolutely right - there are so many different lines you can take."

Hot, overcast and humid conditions prevailed throughout the day in Shanghai, with many locals and expatriate Australians coming along to enjoy the action. FPR returns to the Shanghai International Circuit at 10:45am (12:45pm EST) tomorrow for qualifying, which will be followed by the top ten shootout and the history making first 22 lap race at 3:20pm (5:20pm EST).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Mark Skaife , Greg Ritter