FPR RACES TO SECOND PODIUM OF THE SEASON June 4, 2006 - Despite dominating V8 Supercar qualifying, the top ten shoot-out and each of the three closely contested races of the weekend, CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has finished second overall...
FPR RACES TO SECOND PODIUM OF THE SEASON
June 4, 2006 - Despite dominating V8 Supercar qualifying, the top ten shoot-out and each of the three closely contested races of the weekend, CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has finished second overall at Round 4 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Victoria's Winton Raceway today.
Bright was in his element at Winton this weekend, competing at a level of his own throughout the event. A mid race puncture caused by an impact with Steven Richards during today's second reverse-grid race proved costly, but Bright's recovery to chase the eventual round winner Craig Lowndes for victory during the final 46 lap race of the round was the highlight of the event. The gap between the two rival Ford drivers was just 0.39s at the finish line. Bright and Lowndes were joined on the Winton podium by Rick Kelly.
BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom has continued his strong 2006 season form at 7th overall in this round. Winterbottom raced from 21st to 13th in today's reverse-grid race, progressing to set the second fastest lap of the day to finish the third race in 6th place. His speedy run towards the Winton podium was halted by a late race intermittent gear selection problem, dropping him from 5th to 6th. The highlight of the race was the young star's overtaking moves on Paul Dumbrell and Rick Kelly, the latter saw him easily out pace the Holden driver on the Winton straight during his charge.
As a result of today's strong FPR results, Bright is now within striking distance of the Championship top ten at 11th in the standings while Winterbottom has moved up to 6th with nine rounds remaining.
#6 Jason Bright - "We had a great car this weekend, we didn't put a foot wrong and constantly improved the car as the weekend progressed. Our pit stops were fantastic - our guys have really turned it up in that area, so we were not wanting for time anywhere else. It was a shame that Steven Richards didn't see me in the second race, as we were more than able to win this round. While I have been disappointed not to have made it to the podium more often this season, we will be fighting hard to finish the season in the strongest way possible."
#5 Mark Winterbottom - "While the weekend didn't start well with our problems in practice, the great thing about this team is our pace, this enabled us to dig ourselves out of our early problems to make the top ten shootout and further improve the car for the races. We took advantage of our great pit stops and by the final race we almost made the podium. I have moved up a spot in the Championship as a result of our efforts and after the speed we had here and Jason's podium result, it is daunting to think of what lies ahead for us in the nine remaining rounds."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A fantastic result for the team at 2nd and 6th for the round. Our objective is to always finish in the top ten and we more than easily achieved that this weekend. We leave Winton knowing that the round victory could have been ours if not for the dust-up in race two, but this is overshadowed by our brilliant pit stops, outstanding strategy and the fantastic drive by both drivers."
FPR now prepares for the long trip to Darwin's Hidden Valley for Round 5 of the Championship, to be held from June 30 to July 2.