GREG RITTER 11TH IN OPENING DARWIN RACE - FIRST TURN ACCIDENT ELIMINATES JASON BRIGHT July 2, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Greg Ritter has finished 11th in today's opening 17 lap sprint race at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. It...
GREG RITTER 11TH IN OPENING DARWIN RACE - FIRST TURN ACCIDENT ELIMINATES JASON BRIGHT
July 2, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Greg Ritter has finished 11th in today's opening 17 lap sprint race at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway. It was a very short race for his team mate Jason Bright, who was eliminated from the race at the first corner.
Bright had made a strong start in his CAT FPR Falcon and was placed on the inside of the circuit entering the first turn. Within moments a series of rear impacts saw Bright pushed to the outside of the circuit, with this followed by a final major impact to Bright's left front wheel by Holden driver Simon Wills.The accident broke the CAT FPR Falcon's steering, ending the 32 year old Victorian's race in the sand trap seconds after it had started.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Ritter started from 16th on the grid and made up an impressive four positions on the first lap after a storming start. The fast paced 17 lap sprint race saw Ritter make up a further two places to finish just outside the top ten at 11th.
Today's 17 lap sprint race did not include compulsory pit stops and was won by Todd Kelly ahead of Mark Skaife and Ford driver Craig Lowndes.
#6 Jason Bright - "I got off to a good start and was holding position into turn one until I was hit three times in the space of the same corner. Someone was hitting my rear bumper and this pushed me to the outside of the track where I was hit again by Simon Wills, the impact broke the steering and ended our race on the spot."
#5 Greg Ritter - "I struggled during that race as the changes that we made since qualifying didn't work as well as we had planned. I was still able to make up some places, but it was a fairly uneventful race from me. I am glad to be starting tomorrow's first of two races closer to the top ten as the car has displayed the potential to be very quick here."
FPR Motorsport Director - Tim Edwards - "An encouraging race for Greg, making up five places during the race and positioning him very well for the two races tomorrow. Jason was turned around at the first corner and this is now being investigated by the Stewards. Jason has got his work cut out for him - starting from the rear of the field tomorrow. As we saw from Russell Ingall today, it is not impossible to make up ground here and we can also use pit stop strategies to try and pick up a few places."
FPR returns to Hidden Valley Raceway tomorrow at 11:50am local time for the first of two 48 lap races which will include one compulsory pit stop for tyres. The third and final race of the round will be held at 2:50pm.