Albert Park: FPR race 2 report

FPR KEEP PACE UP AT GRAND PRIX Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom had another successful outing during the second of three V8 Supercar races at the Albert Park circuit this weekend - bringing home their FPR ...

FPR KEEP PACE UP AT GRAND PRIX

Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom had another successful outing during the second of three V8 Supercar races at the Albert Park circuit this weekend - bringing home their FPR Falcons in 14th and 5th places respectively.

After making great progress in yesterday's race, Dunlop Super Dealer FPR Falcon racer Steve Richards started the 13-lap sprint from 22nd place on the grid and by half distance had blitzed his way nine places through the field up into 13th place.

Richards provided some of the more exciting moments of what was a generally lack-lustre race and seems to now be free of the brake issues that plagued him during practice and qualifying earlier this week.

The Dunlop Super Dealer Falcon is heading in the right direction," Richo said.

"We've made more progress today with the development of the car which is being reflected on the track … we'll just keep our heads down and continue to push for a top ten finish tomorrow."

Also happy with his performance today was Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom.

After a blinding start that saw him make three places before the first corner, Winterbottom set about chasing down Ford-defector Craig Lowndes eventually getting past on lap four - but the high was short lived with Lowndes and his Triple 8 teammate Jamie Whincup both pushing their way past on the following lap

Frosty held his fifth position for the remainder of the race - setting himself up for a shot at a podium finish in the final race tomorrow.

"I got a cracker start but I got hung out to dry with about six laps to go and both Lowndes and Whincup managed to roll me for what would have been a fourth place … Lowndesy then had a moment and I was able to get one place back but by then the lead group had managed pull away," Winterbottom said.

"We've still been trying a few different things with the car but we might go back to a safer set-up for tomorrow's race considering we're now a podium chance."

-source: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Jamie Whincup , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards