FPR Oran Park qualifying notes

Craig Lowndes in Sydney V8 Supercar top ten. August 16, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing has one of the team's BA Falcon V8 Supercars in the Oran Park top ten starting grid for tomorrow's 111 lap, 300 kilometre race to decide the 8th round of ...

Craig Lowndes in Sydney V8 Supercar top ten.

August 16, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing has one of the team's BA Falcon V8 Supercars in the Oran Park top ten starting grid for tomorrow's 111 lap, 300 kilometre race to decide the 8th round of the 2003 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series.

Displaying how close the V8 Supercar competition has become this season, no fewer than 23 cars qualified within one second at the challenging 2.6 kilometre Sydney circuit.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Craig Lowndes will start tomorrow's race from 9th on the grid, losing three grid positions (from a qualifying result of 6th) after his single top ten shootout lap.

Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton will start his race from 13th on the grid, after being edged out of the top ten by two tenths of a second when the following group of qualifiers set their fastest times.

FPV FPR Falcon driver David Besnard persisted with major understeer problems to qualify 17th out of the 32 car field - his fastest lap was 7/10ths of a second behind fastest qualifier Marcos Ambrose in an SBR Falcon.

Ambrose repeated his blitzing form in the top ten shootout, taking Pole position ahead of Holden drivers Greg Murphy and Paul Morris.

#6 Craig Lowndes - "The car has been very consistent all weekend, so we weren't surprised to qualify within the top ten. This was also the first time that we made the top ten shootout using just one set of tyres. A couple of mistakes during the shootout lap ended up being costly, dropping us from 6th to 9th - but we weren't the only ones to miss out on making the most of it."

#5 Glenn Seton - "The base set up of the car is good but we lacked drive out of the corners. The track was slippery as well, so with better rear traction we could have moved up the order a lot. We will work on developing a strong and consistent race car for tomorrow."

#19 David Besnard - "We are still coming to grips with the set up of my car and it wasn't right for qualifying. My main problem was heavy understeer and we have some work ahead to improve the car for tomorrow. I am confident that we will be able to develop a stronger race car and I'm looking forward to a hard charge tomorrow."

FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell -- "A disappointing day, we failed to translate some promising work into results. Marcos' outstanding lap in the shootout certainly reinforces how far we have still got to go. Tomorrow's Sunday, and as ever, we look forward to an exciting race."

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Greg Murphy , Craig Lowndes , Paul Morris , Glenn Seton