FPR continue strong grand prix V8 Supercar form. March 8, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) continues the team's strong Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar form with Craig Lowndes and David Besnard once again making the top ten in 6th and 10th...
FPR continue strong grand prix V8 Supercar form.
March 8, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) continues the team's strong Australian Grand Prix V8 Supercar form with Craig Lowndes and David Besnard once again making the top ten in 6th and 10th respectively, with team mate Glenn Seton finishing 17th after today's second Albert Park race.
An exact copy of FPR's first race results yesterday, the three FPR drivers raced clear of the numerous incidents that took place throughout the 12 lap race held in cool and sunny conditions.
CAT FPR BA Falcon driver Lowndes drove a fast and consistent race, chasing DJR Falcon driver Steve Johnson for most of the 12 lap encounter. A late charge by Greg Murphy ended in a final lap sprint down the main straight that saw the FPR driver take 7th place by just one tenth of a second.
FPV Falcon driver David Besnard continued his consistent form today, driving to a strong 10th place finish ahead of Paul Dumbrell (Holden), Rodney Forbes (Ford) and Max Wilson (Ford).
Ford Credit Falcon driver Glenn Seton maintained position at 17th for the entire race distance.Changes made to the car overnight did not improve the overall AU Falcon balance, making it a long twelve lapper for the team's most experienced driver.
This second Grand Prix V8 Supercar race represented a milestone for Ford Australia, with Stone Brothers Racing team driver Russell Ingall taking a dominant first victory for the new BA Falcon V8 Supercar. Ingall won the race ahead of Holden driver Steven Richards and race one winner Jason Bright.
FPR returns to the 5.3km Albert Park street circuit for the third and final V8 Supercar curtain raiser to the Australian Grand Prix scheduled at 10:35am.
#6 Craig Lowndes - 7th - "After a great start I was forced to the outside at turn one and lost two positions. The car was good, our changes to improve rear traction have worked, but now we have some high speed undesteer - so we have gone from one side of the scale to the other. Now we have to find a happy medium for a better race tomorrow."
#5 Glenn Seton - 17th - "We made some experimental changes to improve the balance of the car, but the car wasn't very good at all during the race. I tried changing the sway bar settings to improve it throughout the race. We will now use tomorrow's race to try a completely new set up, more in the direction of what I used here last year. "
#19 David Besnard - 10th - "It was good to bring the car home again unscathed within the top ten, but we didn't make any progress. We tried a different set up and we are learning from every change we make. We keep crossing things off the list all the time and for as long as we do this we will keep steadily improving."
John Russell - Chief Engineer - "A reasonably satisfying second race in that we got all three cars home, considering that we are treating this event very much as a test to evaluate our team performance and set ups on the cars. It was obvious to us that we made little progress with all three cars during that race. We'll see what tomorrow brings in terms of continued development for the team."