Barbagallo: FPR Friday report

JASON BRIGHT SECOND IN OPENING V8 400 PRACTICE May 6, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright was among today's V8 Supercar pace setters during the hectic two hour opening practice session for the weekend's third round of the ...

JASON BRIGHT SECOND IN OPENING V8 400 PRACTICE

May 6, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright was among today's V8 Supercar pace setters during the hectic two hour opening practice session for the weekend's third round of the Championship at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway.

Bright, the defending Perth V8 Supercar Champion, topped the timesheets in his CAT FPR Falcon for the final ten minutes of the session. His lap time of 55.8563s was bettered in the dying moments of the session by Ford driver Steven Johnson by just over one tenth of a second.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter's fastest lap time was within five tenths of a second from the fastest time of the day. He was placed within the top ten during the second half of the session, displaying promising potential for the weekend ahead in the team's new 2005 chassis. He finished the session at 20th overall.

Brilliant sunshine and warm conditions prevailed throughout the two hour session, but no fewer than 13 red flag periods interrupted the session with several competitors finding the sand traps more than once on this notoriously dusty and slippery 2.4 kilometre circuit.

The third fastest time of the session was set by Holden driver Mark Skaife with Max Wilson (Holden) 4th and Todd Kelly (Holden) rounding off the Perth top five.

FPR returns to Barbagallo Raceway for Saturday's busy schedule of qualifying, the top ten shootout at the first of three sprint races to decide the round. Action starts at 10:45am local time (12:45pm EST).

#6 Jason Bright - "We didn't come out of New Zealand with a lot of good tyres so we tried some new tyres towards the end of the session and set our fast time. It was a frustrating session, as we struggled to get a run of three laps together to achieve our optimum tyre temperature due to all of the red flags. This is a characteristic of this circuit - so qualifying should be very interesting."

#5 Greg Ritter - "A promising start to the weekend. Even with all of the stoppages we continued to improve our pace throughout and made the top ten during the closing stages when everyone was trying new tyres. I think that we are heading in the right direction to improve the car for tomorrow."

-fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bright , Mark Skaife , Todd Kelly , Greg Ritter