Bathurst: FPR Thursday report

JASON BRIGHT SECOND FASTEST IN OPENING BATHURST PRACTICE October 5, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing has sent a clear message to all of the teams competing at the 2006 Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 by setting the second fastest lap time of...

JASON BRIGHT SECOND FASTEST IN OPENING BATHURST PRACTICE

October 5, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing has sent a clear message to all of the teams competing at the 2006 Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 by setting the second fastest lap time of today's opening two hour practice session.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright was in superb form today, the 1998 Bathurst 1000 winner's fastest lap taking the team to second behind his arch rival Mark Skaife, with today's top five drivers separated by less than one second. Rick Kelly was third ahead of Steve Johnson and Steven Richards.

Bright and his FPR team mate Mark Winterbottom were both very pleased with the performance of their CAT FPR Falcon today, citing that while there was a 0.79s gap between FPR and HRT following practice, there is still a long way to go in terms of developing the full potential of the CAT FPR Falcon ahead of tomorrow's continuing practice and all important qualifying.

"A very solid session for us and we are tracking very well for the weekend," said Bright. "We improved the car throughout and importantly we are making sure it's very comfortable to drive. There's still a long way to go, but I'm sure we can get more out of it for qualifying and then we can concentrate on our race package."

Winterbottom was also happy with his car, despite having limited time behind the wheel today.

"Importantly I feel very confident in myself and the car," said Winterbottom. "I quite enjoy letting Jason worry about getting the car sorted for qualifying and then I just have to concentrate on racing. I'll get plenty of laps tomorrow and I'm more than happy with that. We are following the same plan as Sandown and we got a win at that meeting, so I'll be happy with a repeat effort."

Ford Credit FPR Falcon drivers David Brabham and Matt Halliday also made a fast start to their Bathurst campaign at 11th fastest today, the FPR duo having returned from racing in two different continents last weekend to competing strongly at Mount Panorama.

The straight-forward nature of the session came to an abrupt end when Steven Richards crashed spectacularly on Conrod Straight while traveling at approximately 270kph during the closing stages. A tyre blow-out is believed to have been the culprit. Richards escaped injury but the same cannot be said for his car.

The New South Wales town of Bathurst greeted the V8 Supercar teams with warm conditions throughout the session which was held as thousands of motor racing fans continued to make their annual pilgrimage to the most famous motor racing mountain in the world.

-credit: www.fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Brabham , Jason Bright , Rick Kelly , Mark Skaife , Mark Winterbottom , Steve Johnson , Matt Halliday , Steven Richards