BRIGHT SEVENTH IN WET AND DRY SECOND AGP V8 SUPERCAR RACE March 5, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have finished 7th and 18th in today's GP 100 V8 Supercar race at Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix ...
BRIGHT SEVENTH IN WET AND DRY SECOND AGP V8 SUPERCAR RACE
March 5, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have finished 7th and 18th in today's GP 100 V8 Supercar race at Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit.
Saturday at Albert Park saw Melbourne's wildly fluctuating weather at its worst, with intermittent heavy rain making it almost impossible to predict what the conditions would be like over the 19 lap race. Confronted with a wet circuit moments before the start of the race, FPR elected to send both the CAT FPR Falcon and Ford Credit FPV Falcon out on wet weather tyres, in line with the majority of the field.
Bright made the most out of a fantastic start to power from 5th on the grid to 3rd by turn one, but Marcos Ambrose sprinted past by the end of the opening lap and Russell Ingall made his way past on the 5th lap. Bright remained 5th for the next 11 laps, until the dry tyre-shod John Bowe powered past, folllowed by his team mate Brad Jones.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Ritter also got off to a fast start from 9th on the grid but ran out of room to make it through turn one and was bumped into the gravel trap. He re-joined the race at the rear of the field, recovering to finish 18th.
Ford team Brad Jones Racing took the gamble of starting the race on dry tyres, this strategy paying off spectacularly with an outstanding 1,2 finish for John Bowe (1st) and Brad Jones with Holden driver Mark Skaife third. The race saw a number of accidents and retirements, including yesterday's winner Todd Kelly and both PWR team Commodores.
#6 Jason Bright - "The priority in these conditions is to bring the car back straight, but it is obvious that we are not as comfortable with our car as Ambrose and Skaife were in the varying circuit conditions, so I wasn't going to mix it up with them too long as I was having enough trouble staying where I was. I am hoping for a strong race in the dry tomorrow. Congratulations are in order for John Bowe on a great victory, he and Brad took a major gamble and it paid off very well today."
#5 Greg Ritter - "I got off the line quite well and I am not sure what happened through the first corner, I copped a hit in the door and around it went - I was in the wrong place at the wrong time. We have further improved the car and we were able to make up some places through the field, but racing on a dry circuit with wet tyres is like racing on simulated ball bearings."
FPR Chief Engineer Phil Keed - "A bit of bad luck at the start with Greg but he did well to come back to 18th. Despite dropping back after a good start Jason did well to finish in the lead group. Most importantly we finished another race here with two straight cars. Hopefully tomorrow's race is dry so we can learn some more before we head to Adelaide."
With early morning rain predicted tomorrow, all of the V8 Supercar teams will be keeping an eye on the sky ahead of the final ten lap Grand Prix showcase race starting at 11:20am.