FPR ON THE PACE IN FINAL GRAND PRIX RACE April 2, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom displayed strong race speed in today's final ten lap Grand Prix showcase event at Melbourne's Albert Park, which...
FPR ON THE PACE IN FINAL GRAND PRIX RACE
April 2, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom displayed strong race speed in today's final ten lap Grand Prix showcase event at Melbourne's Albert Park, which was held in cool and sunny conditions.
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom held onto the leaders throughout the ten lap race after starting from 6th position on the grid. The 24 year old FPR driver battled to retain position through the first turns, slotting into 7th where he remained in a nose to tail Albert Park V8 Supercar traffic jam with Ford rival Will Davison for the remainder of the race.
CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright's race started badly due to him struggling to see the starting lights from his 24th starting position on the grid. He then powered into the race, passing eight competitors in ten laps in a race which saw very little overtaking at best, finishing in 16th place.
The third race of the Grand Prix weekend was won by Steven Richards ahead of Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly.
#5 Mark Winterbottom - "I had a good run in that race and the team did a great job to get us up there. We went the wrong way with some of the set-up changes we made and we have learned from this. Our goal was to ensure a top ten finish here and we have done that with two 6ths and a 7th - now we have to fine tune the car so we can move it up a couple of spots to reach the podium in New Zealand."
#6 Jason Bright - "We needed to keep it clean during that race starting from so far back in the field and it was good passing practice for the reverse grid race coming up in New Zealand. The car has been much more reliable here, but it hasn't behaved the way we expected it to with the set up changes that we made during the weekend. We think that this may be a consequence of the accident in Adelaide. We will head to Auckland with a renewed car, coupled with the pace that we have shown here."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A fantastic weekend overall for Mark to come away from this meeting with two 6th places and a 7th in today's race, all while running with the lead group and bringing the car home safely. Jason has performed strongly throughout the weekend, particularly today when he recovered from yesterday's accident to pass eight cars on a track where passing isn't very easy. These races have shown that we have the car speed that we need heading towards our second Championship round in New Zealand."
Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway is next on FPR's travel itinerary, hosting Round 2 of the 2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series from April 21-23.