FPR FALCON DRIVERS QUALIFY 12TH & 13TH AT BATHURST October 7, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter will start Sunday's 161 lap Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 12th and 13th on the grid following today's...
FPR FALCON DRIVERS QUALIFY 12TH & 13TH AT BATHURST
October 7, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter will start Sunday's 161 lap Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 12th and 13th on the grid following today's rain interrupted qualifying session.
Officials decided to combine both the top 50% and lower 50% qualifying sessions into one 75 minute session due to the forecast of inclement weather. Their predictions were assured 25 minutes before the end of the session when rain ended any chance of improved lap times.
This was not the ideal scenario for CAT FPR Falcon driver Bright and Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Ritter, the duo spending the longer session constantly improving their lap times and looking forward to a competitive run to the session's end. As it stood with 25 minutes remaining, both drivers were within two tenths of a second of a top ten berth.
Ford driver Craig Lowndes led the timesheets in qualifying from Mark Skaife and defending blue oval Champion Marcos Ambrose.
#6 Jason Bright - "I believe that we had a car that was capable of being in the top ten today, so it was a bit disappointing - but I don't think grid position makes that much of a difference here. We couldn't get one good lap in before it rained. We had a power steering problem that we pitted to fix and I kept finding traffic on every fast lap after that. It is such a long lap here that it can be very difficult to get a full, clear lap together. In relation to our chances for the race, I am still confident as we have a race car which is good on its tyres and has good power. This race is 50 per cent strategy and 50 per cent pace."
#5 Greg Ritter - "Not the best of outcomes for us today, we certainly had a very fast car at the start of the session - surprisingly fast considering that we had a full fuel load. We made a number of changes during the session that worked very well on the same set of tyres and matched our best on a green set, so I'm confident that if it hadn't rained, I would have made the top ten. Lucky 13th for some - let's hope its us on lap 161 on Sunday."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We are all a bit disappointed as we were quite confident of having both cars in the top ten. That was our goal but it didn't pan out that way, partly because of the weather and partly because we weren't quick enough today. We have good race cars and we will use the one hour session tomorrow to fine tune them for Sunday."
FPR returns to Mount Panorama tomorrow at 10:00am for the final practice session before Sunday's 45th running of Australia's Great Race, the Bathurst 1000, which is scheduled to start at 10:00am.