Seton fastest in FPR Clipsal 500 qualifying. March 21, 2003 - Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton was the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team's fastest qualifier for this weekend's Clipsal 500. The 37 year old double V8 Supercar Champion...
Seton fastest in FPR Clipsal 500 qualifying.
March 21, 2003 - Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton was the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team's fastest qualifier for this weekend's Clipsal 500.
The 37 year old double V8 Supercar Champion topped the timesheets of the second 50% qualifying session with an impressive lap time of 1:23.3811s, placing him 13th overall for the first of two 250 kilometre races tomorrow. Seton was driving one of the team's two older AU Falcons, his car one of only two in the top 20.
CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes encountered brake bias problems during his top 50% qualifying session, rendering him unable to make the most from a much improved set up compared to the earlier practice sessions. Despite the triple Champion's best efforts, Lowndes will start this year's first leg of the Clipsal 500 from 18th on the grid. (1:23.7632s)
FPV FPR Falcon driver David Besnard qualified 27th after a difficult day, the 26 year old Queenslander struggled with a number of set up problems with the team's second AU Falcon. He remains positive on his prospects for the two long races of this opening Championship round, although the weekend has not started as planned.
#5 - Glenn Seton - "The car was the best so far during qualifying but there are still some parts of the circuit that we are not carrying enough speed through, so once we address this, we will have quite a weapon for the two long races this weekend. It was a pleasing result and we should have a good race tomorrow."
#6 - Craig Lowndes - "The car was great - even though our qualifying position doesn't reflect this. The car is well balanced and if not for some brake bias adjustment problems, we would have qualified higher in the order. I believe that we will have an excellent set up for the races. This qualifying result doesn't really display the potential of the CAT FPR Falcon here in Adelaide."
#19 - David Besnard - "I have been struggling to find the right set up and we have a heap of work to do overnight to have a stronger car for tomorrow. Despite being disappointed, we have two long races ahead and anything can happen."
John Russell, FPR Chief Engineer - "I have mixed feelings after qualifying. It was a good effort from Glenn and his crew, gaining a commendable starting position in the AU Falcon. Craig experienced brake bias problems and couldn't deliver on the potential of his BA Falcon and we have some work ahead of us for David. So now we focus on tomorrow and a new chapter for the team."
Following the Top Ten Shootout, Pole position went to Holden driver Jason Bright, ahead of Mark Skaife (HRT) and Marcos Ambrose in the SBR BA Falcon.
FPR will be back on the exciting Adelaide Street Circuit tomorrow for the first 250 kilometre race at 2:00pm local time, returing for the second race on Sunday which is also scheduled for 2:00pm.