FRONT ROW FPR DEBUT FOR JASON BRIGHT - RITTER 12TH March 3, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright qualified second in today's Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar qualifying session in Melbourne. Bright's team mate Greg Ritter...
FRONT ROW FPR DEBUT FOR JASON BRIGHT - RITTER 12TH
March 3, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright qualified second in today's Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar qualifying session in Melbourne. Bright's team mate Greg Ritter qualified his brand new Ford Credit FPV Falcon 12th after a highly impressive first day at the Albert Park circuit.
Bright was in the top three throughout most of the hectic 20 minute qualifying session which was held in warm and sunny conditions. A fast final lap lunge for Pole position saw Bright spin off the circuit, as did team mate Ritter and Holden rival Mark Skaife in their efforts to gain higher starting spots for Friday's opening 10 lap race.
This strong team result followed the morning's single 30 minute practice session that saw Ritter debut his new and completely untested car to 16th overall, while Bright was 9th fastest. Pole position went to Holden driver Todd Kelly (1:57.7480s), 5/100ths of a second ahead of Bright (1:57.8007s) with Mark Skaife (Holden) third (1:57.8054s).
#6 Jason Bright - "I was reasonably confident coming here after our test this week but we struggled with the car in practice more than I thought we would. We made quite a few changes for qualifying and I was very happy with what we developed. I am sure that we can make more improvements overnight to give us a pretty good race car for tomorrow."
#5 Greg Ritter - "The qualifying session was only the second time that this car has been driven on a circuit and we have achieved a fantastic result considering this. To be so competitive straught out of the gate is very encouraging for the season ahead. The car was pretty good - but being so new it has a few issues that we haven't sorted yet, so I am sure that there is some more speed to come."
FPR Chief Engineer, Phil Keed - "A fantastic first day here at the Grand Prix, particularly with the new car - to finish both sessions in such a competitive manner with a completely untested car is almost unheard of. The result for car 6 was just fantastic - we missed out on pole by a very small margin and we believe that there is a lot more to come from both cars."
FPR returns to Melbourne's Albert Park Grand Prix circuit for the first of three V8 Supercar non-Championship races scheduled to start at 3:30pm.