Sydney: FPR Friday practice report

RICHO: 'I LOVE THIS TRACK' Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit has received a big thumbs up from FPR's Steve Richards, who rates it amongst his favourite V8 Supercar circuits after today's practice. The Castrol FPR Falcon driver was 11th...

RICHO: 'I LOVE THIS TRACK'

Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit has received a big thumbs up from FPR's Steve Richards, who rates it amongst his favourite V8 Supercar circuits after today's practice.

The Castrol FPR Falcon driver was 11th fastest but is brimming with enthusiasm for tomorrow's first race after reporting massive improvements with his car from the last round.

Team-mate Mark Winterbottom finished ninth quickest in the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon and says the main characteristic of the new Sydney Telstra 500 track is the aggressive driving it requires.

Ford Performance Racing cars will be back on track for qualifying from 10.00am tomorrow.

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"I think the track is fantastic; I really do. It's really got three very distinct parts to it and I love it. I think it's a really good thing! You have to be very aggressive with it and the car has to be working well but at the moment it is, so I'm really encouraged for tomorrow.

"It's a good car; confident to drive. I can hustle it into the apex and it's got margin; it feels really good and keeps generating time. It uses a lot of brakes but even over the bump I felt I could even be a bit deeper and the car would turn. There's no way I could have thought that before this weekend."

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"The track's really good. It's quite tough and I didn't really get the most out of the time there. It's a pretty difficult track, you've got to drive it hard and it's just tight in spots; much tighter than we'd thought.

"I'm confident I can go better tomorrow. It's only Friday and it's about getting the car right not getting pole. The car's not bad. We can get it a little bit better but it's balanced and we can tune around the little imperfections."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards