Surfers Paradise: FPR race two, three report

FPR RACES INTO GOLD COAST TOP TEN October 24, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright gained a top ten finish at 8th after the completion of the 11th round of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the streets of downtown...

FPR RACES INTO GOLD COAST TOP TEN

October 24, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright gained a top ten finish at 8th after the completion of the 11th round of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship Series on the streets of downtown Surfers Paradise yesterday. Bright's team mate Greg Ritter finished 16th overall, after starting the weekend from the rear of the field.

Comprising of three races (one on Saturday and two on Sunday), FPR recovered from major suspension struggles on the bumpy 4.4 kilometre street circuit to display vastly improved race speed by the second and third races of the round.

Bright's two top ten results in the final two races for the round take his tally of top ten finishes for the year up to 17, while Ritter's 15th place in the third and final race of the round was his best finish from two starts at the Surfers Paradise street circuit.

A four day crowd of more than 316,000 fans ensured that this combined V8 Supercar and ChampCar event remains one the most successful on the Australian motor racing calendar.

The overall victory went to Ford driver Craig Lowndes ahead of Greg Murphy and Mark Skaife. Bright is now 8th in the Championship standings, 258 points behind points leader Russell and just 8 points behind 7th placed Garth Tander.

#6 Jason Bright -"We came here knowing that we were going to struggle with the street circuit bumps and we made up a lot of ground, managing to get a lot closer to the window of where we need to be with our damper package. We had great pace in the third race and this is promising for the remaining two rounds in the Championship."

#5 Greg Ritter - "We made a reasonable number of improvements during the races that resulted in a much better car by the third race. We were nearly one second faster in that race compared to the other races, so while there is still room for improvement, it was nice to finally have a car that I could make my way through the field with.We may have been able to gain a couple more places if not for the length of the pitstop required to repair the damage caused in the turn four incident that involved a few drivers."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "Certainly not one of our strongest performances of the year, but it was good to have Jason finish inside the top ten on three occasions and for both of our drivers to finish all three races on this challenging street circuit. We learned a lot over the course of the weekend, as it didn't start so well with qualifying, but by the end of the round we had made significant gains which will help us next year. I'd like to thank the pit crew for their fantastic work over the weekend, their 3.35 second stop was an outstanding effort and the fastest out of the entire field from our recording.."

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards