Oran Park: FPR Saturday report

FPR FALCONS 4th & 7th IN OPENING ORAN PARK RACE August 12, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom have finished today's first 38 lap Oran Park V8 Supercar race in 4th and 7th places. The first of three...

FPR FALCONS 4th & 7th IN OPENING ORAN PARK RACE

August 12, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom have finished today's first 38 lap Oran Park V8 Supercar race in 4th and 7th places.

The first of three races to decide the 7th round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series saw some thrilling action as the top six drivers furiously battled for position on the twisting Sydney circuit.

Bright started the race from Pole position after his commanding drives to the top of the qualifying order and the top ten shoot out. An early engine misfire caused the CAT FPR Falcon driver to deliberately start under higher engine power, causing wheel-spin that cost him two positions into the first turn. An early compulsory pit stop on lap 7 proved costly with pit lane traffic delaying Bright's return to the race. The remainder of the race saw Bright race into the top four, surviving a turn one lose due to leaked oil from rival Garth Tander's car in the late stages to set faster lap times and gain a strong points earning finish.

After qualifying second and setting the 6th fastest lap of the top ten shoot-out, Winterbottom lost one position on the opening lap and made his compulsory stop on lap 8. While the BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver experienced some problems with corner exit speed and rear tyre traction induced oversteer during this race, the 25 year old's lap times were amongst the fastest in the field, boding well for his chances for the two remaining 53 lap races tomorrow.

The race was won by Todd Kelly ahead of Ford driver Craig Lowndes and Rick Kelly.

#6 Jason Bright - "An early engine misfire forced me to set higher revs at the start which caused wheel-spin from the line to ensure that it wouldn't bog down. This cost me a faster start, losing the run to the first corner to the two HRT cars. I had plenty of pace on Todd Kelly early in the race, but we once again paid the penalty of our position in the pit lane, getting caught out by traffic that cost us valuable positions. By the closing stages there weren't too many competitors lapping faster than us, so we are confident for the two remaining races ahead."

#5 Mark Winterbottom - "The car is quick when the tyres are good, but as soon as the tyres became worn we gained excessive oversteer and lost our drive out of corners. After qualifying second and taking 6th in the shoot-out we felt that we could have finished higher today, but 7th wasn't a bad result considering the problems that I had. Traction is our main issue and we'll do our best to sort that out overnight to ensure a faster package for tomorrow."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A good drive by both drivers, they managed to stay out of trouble with some good close racing on more than one occasion. It was disappointing for Jason to lose touch with the top three due to Garth Tander dropping oil and not pitting immediately. From that point Jason could only chip away in order to get as close to the top three as possible by race end. A good, solid start to the weekend by both drivers and we'll see what we can do tomorrow."

The two remaining Oran Park V8 Supercar races will start at 11:20am and 3:30pm tomorrow.

-credit: www.fpr.com.au

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Craig Lowndes , Todd Kelly , Mark Winterbottom , Tim Edwards