Albert Park: FPR Friday report

TOP TEN FINISHES FOR BOTH FPR FALCONS IN FIRST GRAND PRIX RACE March 31, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Mark Winterbottom and Jason Bright raced into the top ten in today's opening 10 lap Australian Grand Prix showcase race. Ford...

TOP TEN FINISHES FOR BOTH FPR FALCONS IN FIRST GRAND PRIX RACE

March 31, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Mark Winterbottom and Jason Bright raced into the top ten in today's opening 10 lap Australian Grand Prix showcase race.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom raced from 12th on the starting grid to finish a strong 7th in a fast and determined drive. The 24 year old made up three positions in the run to the first corner and moved into 7th by the the 7th lap, when a Safety Car caution period took effect. Winterbottom then held position in the hectic two lap sprint to the chequered flag.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright started the race from 14th on the grid and finished 9th after a solid and defensive drive. Bright made up two positions at the start and chased Ford rival Alex Davison for the remainder of the close race.

Todd Kelly won today's opening Grand Prix race ahead of Mark Skaife and Jason Richards.

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "A good start to our weekend, I jumped three positions at the start and the car was handling very well. There were a couple of small issues during the race but nothing that we cannot easily fix. I'm looking forward to starting from 7th tomorrow in a much longer race that enables more passing."

#6 Jason Bright - "We have managed to find some good car pace for that race and after making up two positions at the start we had the pace on Alex Davison but I couldn't get past. We were side by side at one point, but I couldn't make the move stick, he defended position well. With some more set up changes we should be quicker in the longer race tomorrow."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "It was great to show some consistent pace in the race today, unfortunately it turned out to be a bit of a procession with drivers being very conservative to preserve their cars for the two remaining races. It was very good to be the second fastest Ford team in that race and the highest placed two-car Ford team."

FPR returns to Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit at 3:30pm tomorrow for a 19 lapper that is sure to be an exciting event.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Jason Bright , Mark Skaife , Jason Richards , Alex Davison , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards