JASON BRIGHT RACES BACK INTO THE V8 SUPERCAR TOP TEN August 14, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has raced his way back into the V8 Supercar Championship top ten following two fast paced races at Sydney's Oran Park...
JASON BRIGHT RACES BACK INTO THE V8 SUPERCAR TOP TEN
August 14, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Jason Bright has raced his way back into the V8 Supercar Championship top ten following two fast paced races at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway today. Bright raced his CAT FPR Falcon to two 7th place finishes, after starting the day from 15th on the grid.
Bright's team mate Greg Ritter raced his Ford 80th Anniversary liveried Ford Credit FPV Falcon from the rear of the field (27th) to 15th in the first race, but unnecessary impacts from Tratt and Whincup during the second race relegated him to 29th. Ritter's speed was indicative of a potential top 15 result today - a major improvement compared to the problems that he experienced in qualifying.
Bright and Team FPR's efforts at Oran Park have elevated the 32 year old Victorian driver to 9th in the Championship standings (8th in corrected standings / 924 points) with five rounds remaining. Of special note was the fact that out of all the compulsory pit stops made during the the round, FPR's were the quickest bar one, helping the team to its 7th place result for the round.
Both FPR Falcons also displayed strong race speed in both of today's 140 kilometre races, which were won by Steven Richards and Russell Ingall respectively. The round victory went to Ford's Russell Ingall, with Marcos Ambrose second and Greg Murphy third. A record crowd of 36,980 people visited this popular New South Wales round.
#6 Jason Bright - "We always knew that we had better pace than what our qualifying result of 15th displayed, particularly in race trim. We believe that we had a car today that was capable of making it into the top five or seven. The SBR Falcons, Murphy and Lowndes would have been difficult to get in front of, so to finish 7th in both races was a good effort considering where we qualified. We still have to find some qualifying pace though as there are a few guys doing a pretty good job of that at the moment."
#80 Greg Ritter - "It wasn't all bad this weekend as we performed a great recovery in today's first race following the disappointment of qualifying 27th. After making up 12 places in that race, our set-up wasn't as good in race two but in the end another better result wasn't to be after getting knocked around and forced into the pits for repairs. On the positive side, we came here thinking that this would be our worst circuit of the season given its unique characteristics and not having any previous data with my car, but that wasn't the case and we learned a great deal. This is very encouraging heading towards the endurance races."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "A very strong drive by Jason in both races. We always knew that our race pace was good, but we unfortunately struggled again with qualifying. We have a two day test coming up to work on that area. It was another disappointing day for Greg despite driving very strongly in both races. He was taken out by in the second race after a hit from Tratt that broke a steering arm and the crew worked brilliantly to repair it and send him back out to earn some points. The team also completed some of the fastest pit stops of the round this weekend. Both drivers have moved up in the Championship after Oran Park so we head to the endurance races in a highly optimistic frame of mind."
Team FPR will now work on completing the team's second new chassis for Jason Bright ahead of an exhaustive two day test scheduled to take place at Victoria's Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit on August 29 and 30.