Red flag ends podium run for FPR. March 9, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) was on track for a podium finish in today's aborted third Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar support race held in wet and slippery conditions this morning. A major...
Red flag ends podium run for FPR.
March 9, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) was on track for a podium finish in today's aborted third Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar support race held in wet and slippery conditions this morning.
A major accident involving Holden drivers Paul Dumbrell and Paul Morris ended the race under the red flag after only two and a half laps. Due to the race not reaching 75% of its full distance, no result was declared.
Having set the fastest pace of the entire field in the treacherous conditions driving the FPV AU Falcon, David Besnard was outstanding, racing from 10th to 3rd by the completion of the second lap, the Gold Coast driver's pace almost one second faster than second placed Holden driver Steven Richards.
CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Craig Lowndes started from the pit lane after an early gamble to start on slick tyres proved futile in the progressively deteriorating wet weather conditions. Lowndes drove a clean race and was placed 21st when the race was stopped from his rear of field start.
FPR AU Falcon driver Glenn Seton was in 18th position when the race was red flagged from his 17th place start, the Ford Credit sponsored driver was fortunate to avoid any major damage from debris on the circuit following the Morris / Dumbrell accident.
The Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar races represented an excellent debut for Ford's newest V8 Supercar team. All three FPR Falcons emerged from the three Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar races without any damage and with an abundance of vital data gained. All FPR Falcons completed all sessions and races, with four top ten finishes marked on their scorecard.
#19 David Besnard - "I love racing in the wet, it is a good equaliser and it was easy to catch Steve Richards, so I am pretty confident that I would have passed him. I am pleased with our performance today, but I'm also unhappy that the team wasn't able to gain their first podium finish."
#5 Glenn Seton - "I couldn't see anything along the back straight because of the spray - half the time you were guessing where the brake lights were, it was very slippery all over, but particularly on entry to the straight where an earlier oil leak made it worse. I wanted to ensure that we took care of the car for the start of the Championship in two weeks time."
#6 Craig Lowndes - "The gamble to try and start on slicks didn't pay off and we were forced to start from the pit lane. This helped to keep me out of trouble - it was very slippery out there, you couldn't see at all and I was very concerned about getting into an accident
John Russell, Chief Engineer - "The objective was to emerge from this meeting with three straight cars and it was a commendable performance by David who was up to third in the shortened race. Our gamble with Craig didn't work, but overall it was a good effort by the team this weekend and we move onto Adelaide with optimism."
Jon Matthews, General Manager - "Given that this was our first race, the biggest achievement was to get here and the moral achievement was to get through the weekend unscathed. We achieved this and we ran two FPR Falcons in the top ten all weekend - we were also on track for a podium finish - you really couldn't ask for more for the team's debut."