Barbagallo: Friday practice report

Johnson fastest: Bright stalking another Perth win May 6 2005 -- Current champion of the west Jason Bright declared his defence of the Perth V8 400 had begun strongly but warned that any of the 32-strong V8 Supercar Championship Series field ...

Johnson fastest: Bright stalking another Perth win

May 6 2005 -- Current champion of the west Jason Bright declared his defence of the Perth V8 400 had begun strongly but warned that any of the 32-strong V8 Supercar Championship Series field could steal his crown over the next two days.

Ford Performance Racing's Bright was second fastest in today's practice session behind Westpoint Racing's Steven Johnson. Holden Racing Team's Mark Skaife was third with WOW Racing's Max Wilson fourth and HRT's Todd Kelly fifth.

Bright won two of the three races in Perth last year for his former PWR Team and again showed good speed during a session where red flags dominated as drivers pushed the limits in the two-hour session.

"It was a little frustrating to get three laps in and warm up the tyres a little before having another stoppage but that can be the nature of this track," Bright said.

"I'm sure qualifying tomorrow will be very interesting and that it may well not be the same guys sitting up here tomorrow afternoon."

For Johnson it was a good recovery from a disappointing trip to New Zealand just on three weeks ago. He came away with 54 points after a strong result in round one.

"We've virtually used our drop your worst round after New Zealand so it was good to come here and find speed straight away," Johnson said.

"In New Zealand we tried a lot of changes during practice and seemed to get lost. This time I got out of the car during the session, looked at a lot of data and a few track maps and we made some good gains."

Skaife, who has never won in Perth in the V8 Supercar Championship Series despite taking pole position here six times, also said they had made significant changes on the day which included a trip to a sand trap with old rival Russell Ingall.

"It was a bit of fun hanging around in the sand with my good mate," Skaife said.

For Wilson it was a good result considering at the start of the year he didn't have a drive. He made way when his former team Betta Electrical recruited Craig Lowndes and Steve Ellery in the off-season.

A late call up by Tony Longhurst for the newly formed Longhurst Racing gave him the seat just before the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

"A couple of days before Adelaide I wasn't expecting to be racing at all," said the Brazilian former Formula One driver.

"It is a very different team to last year with a great deal of enthusiasm so I am very happy with everything at the moment."

Castrol Team Perkins Racing's Paul Dumbrell finished the session in seventh today after recovering from the controversies of a massive crash in New Zealand.

He finished one place ahead of current V8 Supercar Champion Marcos Ambrose. Ambrose' team-mate Russell Ingall was back in 13th in the field with Lowndes a surprising 14th.

But that is all likely to change in qualifying early tomorrow morning.

Network Ten will show race one of the V8 Supercar Series from Perth this Saturday night in its entireity. The race will follow the AFL in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and a movie in Adelaide and Perth.

Race two and three will be in TEN's Sunday broadcast from 2.30pm - 5.00pm.

Saturday May 7
10.45am -- 11.30am -- Qualifying
11.45am -- 12.15pm -- Top Ten Shootout
3.00pm -- 3.50pm -- RACE 1 (120km)

Sunday May 8
10.00am -- 11.00am -- RACE 2 (140km)
1.40pm -- 2.40pm -- RACE 3 (l40km)

-avesco-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Todd Kelly , Tony Longhurst , Paul Dumbrell
Teams Holden Racing Team