FPR Hidden Valley qualifying report

June 28, 2003 - CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes made a last minute dash into Darwin's V8 Supercar top ten by setting the 5th fastest overall lap time (1:08.9166s) with just one minute remaining during the frantic 20 minute qualifying ...

June 28, 2003 - CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes made a last minute dash into Darwin's V8 Supercar top ten by setting the 5th fastest overall lap time (1:08.9166s) with just one minute remaining during the frantic 20 minute qualifying session.

Lowndes had struggled throughout the session (which was interrupted by two grass fires on the circuit infield) using all of his allocated new tyres after three pit stops to set his fastest lap time by the dying moments of the closely fought session. The 29 year old driver's lap was four tenths of a second behind the fastest time of SBR BA Falcon driver, Marcus Ambrose (1:08.4384s).

This effort earned Lowndes a place in today's top ten shootout, where he set the 7th fastest time of 1:09.3161s, placing him 7th on the grid for today's first 17 lap race in Darwin that gets the green light at 4:30pm local time. Pole position went to HRT driver Mark Skaife (1:08.6282s) whose shoot-out lap was two one hundredths of a second ahead of SBR Falcon driver Marcus Ambrose (1:08.6411s).

FPV FPR V8 Supercar driver David Besnard displayed strong form in his last race in the team's oldest car, earning a top twenty start at 18th (1:09.2701s) just ahead of his Ford Credit FPR Falcon team mate Glenn Seton who rounded off the top 20 with his best lap of 1:09.2897s.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "We made a number of changes during the session that improved the car as we initially had too much understeer. Once we got that sorted that we had a very good car."

#5 Glenn Seton - "We are still battling understeer and the car isn't responding to the changes we are making. I missed a gear on my fastest lap and that hurt us as well."

#19 David Besnard -"It wasn't a bad session, we have been using some pretty ordinary tyres until now and we made a bigger gain than anyone else in our group on new tyres. We had some early braking issues, but they are sorted out now and its all coming together well. We are lacking some straightline speed which is important here."

The first of three Northern Territory V8 Supercar races starts at 4:30pm local time, (5:00pm EST), followed by two longer 35 lap races tomorrow.

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Glenn Seton