Barbagallo: FPR race one report

GRANDSTAND FINISH FOR FROSTY Mark Winterbottom scythed through the V8 Supercar field at Barbagello Raceway today after strategy put him in prime position for a podium in the closing laps. Ford Performance Racing saved the faster soft-compound...

GRANDSTAND FINISH FOR FROSTY

Mark Winterbottom scythed through the V8 Supercar field at Barbagello Raceway today after strategy put him in prime position for a podium in the closing laps.

Ford Performance Racing saved the faster soft-compound Dunlops until the second half of the 42-lap race and Frosty was catching the leaders at two-seconds a lap in the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon.

As he took the chequered flag Winterbottom had run down Todd Kelly and would have claimed P2 with another lap.

Team-mate Steve Richards made a fantastic start but brake issues on lap eight saw him go a lap down in the pits. He finished 23rd but says the Castrol FPR Falcon is easily capable of a top five finish without today's dramas.

Tomorrow's qualifying starts at 10.00am.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"I was so close to second; I thought I could have caught him [Todd Kelly]. It was potentially just one more lap.

"The car was very good on the soft tyre; we were just a couple of laps short I guess but when you qualify sixth and then get a podium you can't be too unhappy.

"We had a great race strategy today but if we had known the tyre was going to last we could have come in two laps earlier and beat Todd but how do you know? As it was, we passed a lot of cars and the strategy is what got us up on the podium."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"I got a great start; jumped three cars and was up to P14 into the first corner and the pace of the car was great until something went wrong with the brakes. I went off three laps in a row and the last time I came in and the guys fixed it but I went a lap down."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards