TOP TEN FINISH IN FINAL DARWIN ENCOUNTER July 3, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright drove two of the most determined races of the season in his CAT FPR Falcon at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today. The 32 year old...
TOP TEN FINISH IN FINAL DARWIN ENCOUNTER
July 3, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright drove two of the most determined races of the season in his CAT FPR Falcon at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today. The 32 year old Victorian driver bounced back from being crashed out of the first of three Darwin V8 Supercar races to gain two top ten finishes and 98 Championship points today.
Bright's team mate Greg Ritter endured a tougher day in Australia's top end, finishing 23rd and 24th in today's two races. The potential existed for two top ten finishes with the Ford Credit FPV Falcon at this round if not for a number of questionable rear impacts from other drivers during both races.
Todd Kelly and Garth Tander shared the two victories today, with Todd Kelly winning the round ahead of Garth Tander and Rick Kelly.
While FPR's overall results were well under the team's expectations for the Darwin round, the team leaves the Northern Territory confident of having developed significant improvements in car speed at this event.
#6 Jason Bright
"I am very happy with what we achieved here in Darwin, because we have been working very hard all year to get good car speed out of the CAT FPR Falcon and today was certainly the best showing of that. We managed to gain even more pace for today's second race with the changes that we made, but towards the end of the race the we suffered from rear tyre wear, however it was satisfying to be able to hold off both Ambrose and Lowndes on the long Darwin straight. This is a credit to our engine team and the hard work they have put in this year. We learned a lot this weekend and will take this away with us to be even more competitive in Queensland."
#5 Greg Ritter
"We made a further change for the third race and the car was fast at the start, but it was too hard on the rear tyres and we paid the price for that.Our initial strategy involved running long in the first stint and we saved a good set of tyres for that. The Safety Car wrecked that plan and we ran on fairly average tyres for the rest of the day. We would have gained a respectable result if I hadn't been spun around twice - that was the most unfortunate thing about this round."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards
"A very disappointing weekend because we had the car pace, but unfortunately the standard of some of the drivers in this category is way below acceptable.We got turned around on too many occasions - the standard of some of the driving out there defies belief. The encouraging thing is that we had excellent car pace and the team did a great job with fantastic pit stops and clever race strategies."
FPR heads to Queensland for 7th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series to be held at Willowbank Raceway from July 22-24. The team also looks forward to their third test day of the season which is scheduled for July 15 at Victoria's Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit.