TOP TEN QUALIFYING EFFORT FROM FPR IN ADELAIDE March 18, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright had made a strong start to the new V8 Supercar season by qualifying 5th for the first of two Adelaide V8 Supercar street races....
TOP TEN QUALIFYING EFFORT FROM FPR IN ADELAIDE
March 18, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright had made a strong start to the new V8 Supercar season by qualifying 5th for the first of two Adelaide V8 Supercar street races. After consolidating this result in the top ten shoot out with the 5th fastest lap time, the team was informed that they had made an infringement when Bright's CAT FPR Falcon was not parked in pit lane at the start of the afternoon's top ten shootout as required by new 2005 season rules. The team was offered the option to accept exclusion from the top ten shoot out or face a stewards hearing. The team chose to accept the penalty, relegating Bright to 10th for tomorrow's opening race.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter qualified 26th after experiencing set up problems with his brand new car throughout today's first day of V8 Supercar competition.Bright struggled with traffic during Friday's qualifying session, which was interrupted by a red flag stoppage when Holden driver Mark Skaife crashed heavily at the final turn. With mere seconds remaining in the 20 minute session, the 32 year old Victorian muscled his way into the top five, and consolidated this result with his 5th fastest lap in the top ten shootout, which was later excluded.
Pole position went to Holden driver Rick Kelly, with defending Ford Champion Marcos Ambrose second and rival Ford driver Steve Ellery third.
#6 Jason Bright - "I couldn't get a clear lap until the very end of the qualifying session, which was frustrating as I was confident that we could make it into the top ten. I struggled to get a clear lap and then Mark Skaife hit the wall just as I was on a flier, brining out the red flag. In the limited time remaining we elected to run a new set of tyres, warm them up and find a clear lap - which I did at the last possible opportunity. It was a good result to qualify in the top five (before the shoot out) as we have been improving the car with every session. We still have some issues, but I think we have displayed great potential for the races ahead."
#5 Greg Ritter - "I'm a bit disappointed with our qualifying result after the form that we displayed at the Grand Prix. We have been struggling with set-ups throughout the day - and we made a wrong set up call for qualifying. We'll take a look at it all tonight and work out a better race set up for tomorrow. On the positive side, the car is being quite friendly on its tyres, which is important here."
FPR Chief Engineer, Phil Keed - "We have been aiming to qualify in the top five and to develop a good race package at the same time here and we achieved that today. Jason's result was in some ways better than we expected as we weren't concentrating all of our efforts on a qualifying car. Obviously it was a disappointment for us to be excluded from the shoot out. We are still trying to find our way with Greg's car, and because it is so completely new we are struggling to find the right balance."
FPR takes to the Adelaide Parklands Street Circuit at 2:00pm (2:30pm EST) tomorrow for the first of two 250 kilometre races to decide the opening round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.