TWO FPR CARS IN THE TOP FIVE Ford Performance Racing has started its assault on Barbagallo Raceway with two top-five finishes in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series practice at the WA circuit. After running in the mid-teens for much of...
TWO FPR CARS IN THE TOP FIVE
Ford Performance Racing has started its assault on Barbagallo Raceway with two top-five finishes in today's V8 Supercar Championship Series practice at the WA circuit.
After running in the mid-teens for much of the afternoon's track time, Steve Richards vaulted to the top of the table with a 0:56.5758 and held strong until just minutes from the end.
Reigning champion, Garth Tander, managed to edge the #6 Castrol FPR driver out by just 0.04 of a second before the chequered flag fell.
Mark Winterbottom, who was concentrating on race set-up, posted a time of 0:56.7590 to finish fifth-fastest overall.
Steven Richards #6 Castrol FPR Falcon
"The track was a little bit slippery off-line, but if you're off-line you're not going fast!
"I wasn't concerned mid-session because I could see Frosty was going well on the other side of the garage. Sometimes when you're trying to learn new things about the car and trying changes, you're in unfamiliar territory but once we put the second set of tyres on it just clicked.
"While this result is a good gauge for the weekend, it's not qualifying and we don't know what the other teams were doing."
Mark Winterbottom #5 Orrcon Ford Credit FPR Falcon
"The car's really strong in race set-up but when we put green tyres on we didn't get the most out of them for qualifying. We need to fine tune that because I was getting quite a bit of under-steer; I just couldn't turn enough to get into the corners. Otherwise I was really happy with the car."
Tim Edwards Team Principal
"It was a good strong start to the weekend; we did plenty of work on race set-up but still have a bit more to do on qualifying. That's just looking through the data and we've got enough from the two cars. Both had separate test programmes; one was a better race car and the other was a better qualifier."