Seton and Lowndes in second Indy street race top ten October 26, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) comes away from Round 11 of the 2003 Australian V8 Supercar Series with three top ten finishes, two of which were gained in today's second 100...
Seton and Lowndes in second Indy street race top ten
October 26, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) comes away from Round 11 of the 2003 Australian V8 Supercar Series with three top ten finishes, two of which were gained in today's second 100 kilometre Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge race at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit.
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton raced to his highest points finish of the season in 5th after a storming drive from 12th on the starting grid. By the closing stages of the race Seton had closed in on Championship leader Marcos Ambrose, but two Safety Car periods from lap 15 allowed only two full speed laps to be completed until the end of the race.
CAT FPR Falcon driver Craig Lowndes finished 9th from his 16th grid position start, the triple champion performing strongly throughout the 22 lap race, but the non-overtaking friendly street circuit layout made further progression difficult.
FPV FPR Falcon driver David Besnard was in strong form in the early stages of today's second V8 Supercar street stoush, finding himself in the middle of several fights for top ten positions during the first half of the race. By lap 19 and while in 9th position, the 26 year old was involved in a multi-car accident at ANA corner that included Max Wilson, Todd Kelly and Jason Richards that ended his race.
#5- Glenn Seton -
"I felt good about my driving all weekend and today we combined this with an excellent pit stop and race strategy. The team kept me out there as long as possible which gave me a clear track and the eight second stop was superb. We developed a good race car over the weekend and I am glad to come out of here with the car in excellent shape heading to New Zealand. 5th place was also an excellent recovery from where we were yesterday."
#6 - Craig Lowndes -
"It is always very hard to pass here and today was no exception. I am happy with the set up progress we made during the weekend. The team made the car easy to drive, which is a credit to them on a circuit like this and considering where we qualified, I am happy with our result. Our main objective of this round was to stay out of trouble, score more points and preserve the car for New Zealand."
#7 David Besnard -
"I'm not really sure what happened, but just after the re-start and coming into ANA it looked like a concertina effect took place after Max Wilson went in deep. I was behind Todd Kelly who locked up and went sideways, so I had to lock the brakes to avoid an accident. When I got to the corner Wilson had spun in the middle of the track and I tried to miss him but got involved in it all. It was a shame as the car was running well and I was heading for a good points finish."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell -
"I'm delighted for Glenn to have achieved a worthy result from a good weekend and Craig drove well to consolidate his 5th position in the Championship. Regrettably, David was involved in another avoidable incident. Credit goes to all the boys for excellent pit work this afternoon."