JASON BRIGHT 7TH IN FIRST SHANGHAI V8 SUPERCAR RACE June 11, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing driver Jason Bright has finished 7th in today's historic first V8 Supercar race in China held at the Shanghai International Circuit. Bright's team mate...
JASON BRIGHT 7TH IN FIRST SHANGHAI V8 SUPERCAR RACE
June 11, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing driver Jason Bright has finished 7th in today's historic first V8 Supercar race in China held at the Shanghai International Circuit. Bright's team mate Greg Ritter finished the race in 23rd place following a first corner accident.
CAT FPR Falcon driver Bright was caught in some hustling for positions over the first lap, dropping from 8th on the starting grid to 12th. A consistently fast race pace saw Bright into the top five by his compulsory pit stop on lap 9. After a superb 4.4 second stop for two new tyres by the FPR pit crew, Bright gained a track position over Holden driver Jamie Whincup and raced his way from 15th to 7th by the chequered flag.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Ritter started well, moving ahead of Ford rival Steven Ellery who started alongside him on the grid. Midway through the first turn, Ellery contacted Ritter causing a spin which relegated the FPR driver to the rear of the field. After being called into the pits on lap 15, Ritter set the fastest laps of the race at that stage on new tyres, passing one car per lap. A late race contact with Holden driver Paul Dumbrell contributed to Ritter's final placing of 23rd.
#6 Jason Bright - "I had a very ordinary start with the engine bogging down off the line and I lost a few places. We had some good pace, the car was very strong under brakes and in corner exit speed, so I was able to set a few drivers up for passes to make up good ground during the race. The circuit grip level certainly changed a lot today, more rubber went down and it will probably change again tomorrow. We will push forward from 7th on the grid tomorrow after making some changes overnight."
#5 Greg Ritter - "It was unfortunate to get turned around so early in the race. I was well infront of Ellery heading into turn one and under braking I felt a big bang at the rear of the car and around it went. We struggled a bit at the start of the race with full fuel but the car became reasonably fast by the later stages of the race after making a number of suspension setting adjustments. We have reasonable speed here at Shanghai - all we need for tomorrow's two races is some better luck."
FPR Motorsport Director Tim Edwards - "The pace of both FPR Falcons was very good today. Greg was unfortunate to get turned around at the first turn as he was very fast during the race. Jason didn't get a good start - but he recovered well from that with a great pit stop and finished 7th, which was a very encouraging result."
This first of three Chinese V8 Supercar races was won by Holden driver Todd Kelly ahead of Steven Richards (Holden) and Mark Skaife (Holden). The race was held in hot and humid conditions in front of an impressive Saturday crowd. (Unofficially estimated at 35,000 people).
FPR returns to the magnificent Shanghai International Circuit tomorrow for the remaining two 30 lap races to decide the 5th Round of the V8 Supercar Championship.