FPR FALCONS 15TH & 27TH IN ORAN PARK QUALIFYING August 13, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have endured a difficult day of practice and qualifying at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney ahead of tomorrow's two...
FPR FALCONS 15TH & 27TH IN ORAN PARK QUALIFYING
August 13, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have endured a difficult day of practice and qualifying at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney ahead of tomorrow's two V8 Supercar races.
After setting the 16th (Bright / CAT FPR Falcon) and 25th (Ritter / Ford Credit FPV Falcon) ranked times in the two hour morning practice session, the team set about improving both FPR Falcons in qualifying. The main problems the team encountered were handling and traction related on the bumpy and twising 2.6 kilometre Narellan circuit.
Unfortunately, the team did not improve enough for the highly competitive qualifying session, Bright setting the 15th fastest time of the session, 7/10ths of a second behind the fastest qualifier, Ford driver Marcos Ambrose. Ritter also struggled with major traction issues, despite making set-up changes in the pits during the session. He will start the first of two 140 kilometre / 54 lap races tomorrow from 27th on the grid
#6 Jason Bright - "The car isn't as far off as it looks. We had a reasonable practice session and we thought our potential time in practice would have been a (one minute) eight and a half second lap which would have easily put us in the ten. We didn't quite get the lap together that we needed during qualifying. A combination of constantly finding traffic on my flying laps and our share of handling issues made it hard work today."
#80 Greg Ritter - "The car was very nervous on the bumps, particularly the rear-end and I suffered from a lot of wheel-spin today. We made a change during qualifying that didn't work. This ended any chance of moving up the order. We have a lot of work to do to improve the car for tomorrow."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "Jason's main issue during qualifying was finding traffic on his fast laps. Two tenths of a second stood between him and a top ten berth. There are some handling and traction issues with both cars that we will address overnight and we remain optimistic of a strong top ten finish in tomorrow's races."
FPR returns to Oran Park Raceway tomorrow for two 140 kilometre races scheduled to start at 12:05pm and 3:05pm.