Barbagallo: FPR Saturday report

TROUBLED START TO PERTH V8 SUPERCAR ROUND May 7, 2005 - Today's opening 50 lap V8 Supercar race at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway did not deliver on the promise of FPR's top ten qualifying effort earlier in the day. CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason ...

TROUBLED START TO PERTH V8 SUPERCAR ROUND

May 7, 2005 - Today's opening 50 lap V8 Supercar race at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway did not deliver on the promise of FPR's top ten qualifying effort earlier in the day.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright finished the race in 16th place following two on track incidents with Ford driver Glenn Seton and one impact with another Ford rival, Brad Jones. Two of these incidents forced Bright off the circuit, relegating him to the rear of the field, making progress beyond the top twenty an impossibility, particularly considering that there was three safety car periods during the race.

Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter's race one drama started shortly after the green light when after getting off to a strong start he attempted to pass Holden drivers Greg Murphy and Garth Tander through a gap heading into turn one. The gap closed as he was committed to the the manouvre and all three cars rubbed wheels causing steering and wheel rim damage to Ritter's FPR Falcon. This damage contributed to a right front wheel puncture later in the race, forcing the FPR driver off the circuit and into the pits. A pit lane drive through penalty for cutting across the circuit after suffering the puncture saw him finish the race in 28th place.

This first of three Western Australian V8 Supercar races was won by Holden driver Mark Skaife with Ford's Marcos Ambrose second and Steven Richards third (Holden).

#6 Jason Bright - "It seemed like gang up on Brighty day out there today. First Seton turned me around for pretty much no reason and that really destroyed our race. Then coming out of the pits Brad Jones understeered wide and ran into me as well. The damage caused a lot of understeer going up the hill but we were hanging in there well in terms of our race pace."

#5 Greg Ritter - "I got off to a fantastic start and rocketed straight between Tander and Murphy and then got squashed in a Holden sandwich that bent the front end. One of the front wheels was also damaged which led to the puncture that sealed my fate for this race. All things considered, our pace wasn't that bad and we'll have a fast car for moving through the pack tomorrow."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A disappointing race after such a promising run in qualifying by both drivers, but unfortunately circumstances were against us. Greg clipped wheels at the start with two competitors and damaged his front end, that loaded up the right front wheel and led to the tyre failure. Jason was attacked on two occasions, once by Seton who hit him two laps in a row and once by Jones, who as Jason re-joined the track from the pits while the Safety Car was out, out braked himself and hit him. This sent Jason off the circuit and enabled Jones to gain position.The encouraging thing was that our race pace was very good - where other competitors occasionally set fast lap times we were doing them consistently, which is the one positive to take heading into tomorrow's races."

FPR returns to Barbagallo Raceway tomorrow for the two remaining 140 kilometre sprint races at 10:00am local time (12:00pm EST).

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Brad Jones , Mark Skaife , Glenn Seton , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards , Steven Richards