DRAMATIC WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND FOR FPR May 8, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has finished the third round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series having preserved its top ten Championship position at 8th overall (Jason...
DRAMATIC WESTERN AUSTRALIAN WEEKEND FOR FPR
May 8, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has finished the third round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series having preserved its top ten Championship position at 8th overall (Jason Bright) following a dramatic weekend at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway.
Today's two 140 kilometre races were the second and third of the round, with CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright starting today's first 58 lap race from 6th on the grid and finishing 7th. The final race of the round saw Bright racing towards a top five overall finish until tyre wear problems saw him finish 13th overall. Bright gained 108 points at this round, preserving his 8th place in the Championship standings with 10 rounds remaining.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter started today's first race from 28th on the grid, facing a hard task to make up ground on the 2.4 kilometre circuit. His race was very short lived though, when a collision with Holden driver Max Wilson heading into turn three broke the front left steering arm, ending his race on the first lap. Today's second race saw the 32 year old FPR driver make his way from the rear of the field to as high as 11th before a side by side challenge with Ford driver Craig Lowndes saw both drivers spear off the circuit. Lowndes crashed heavily, but Ritter continued for a futher nine laps until a crankshaft failure caused him to spin off the circuit and out of the race at Kolb corner.
#6 Jason Bright - "We had good pace early on in both of today's races but we weren't able to hold on to our tyres. The car would push wide at the corners and I couldn't carry good speed through them. This circuit is so tight that I lost several positions whenever I went wide due to this lack of grip and this made it a frustrating day."
#5 Greg Ritter - "We had a very fast car this weekend, but we weren't able to make the maximum use of it - this made it very frustrating. In regard to the race three incident with Craig Lowndes, I had him covered and was not going to give in. We head to Eastern Creek having learned a great deal more about our new car."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A very disappointing result after qualifying so well. In all three races we displayed that the car pace is there and with further development we will improve our consistency. Unfortunately we became a bit of a victim throughout the weekend. We leave Perth with two straight cars and a few more points heading to our second test of the season which will place us in a stronger form heading to Eastern Creek."
Holden driver Steven Richards won the round from Ford drivers Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose. Richards and Ingall won one race each today. Both races were held in perfect weather conditions at the Western Australian capital. A record crowd attendance of 82,500 people enjoyed the V8 Supercar action over the three days.