PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Engineers at Ford Performance Racing are sifting through data this evening after conditions at Phillip Island saw a drop-off in the team's recent stellar performance. Mark Winterbottom finished sixth but the team had ...
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Engineers at Ford Performance Racing are sifting through data this evening after conditions at Phillip Island saw a drop-off in the team's recent stellar performance.
Mark Winterbottom finished sixth but the team had expected more after the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon's domination at Surfers Paradise two weeks ago.
Lap times for all teams are down on September's L&H 500 at Phillip Island, but FPR lost more pace relative to its competitors.
Possible explanations for the slower track could include the Bridgestone rubber left behind by the recent MotorGP, a different wind direction and a warmer ambient temperature.
Steve Richards suffered most, qualifying 26th in the Castrol FPR Falcon but clawing his way up to 17th despite ‘massive' under-steer.
Cars will be back on track tomorrow at 10:35 for Race 22 qualifying.
Mark Winterbottom Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
"Without the Friday practice sessions this round, that race is probably like an extended practice for us. It's the same for everyone so you can't use that as an excuse. If you asked a driver and engineer if they wanted more practice before a race they would be driving around for a week. Sometimes you don't get it right all the time. We'll learn from that for tomorrow and move forward.
"The car wasn't easy to drive. I made a mistake going into Lukey Heights pushing too hard on the shoot out lap. Shoot outs have been pretty good for me this year so hopefully that's my bad one for the year."
Steve Richards Castrol FPR Falcon
"The cars are virtually within a click or two of each other but I'm talking about one thing and Frosty's talking about the opposite. That's not normally the case with our cars.
"From the moment we rolled it out this morning the car lacked a massive amount of grip. It's slow in the slow corners and has massive under-steer. We made some changes but we've got to try and work on a way to take another step tomorrow.
"We're basically slower then we were here for the 500; our relative competitiveness is a lot worse. The car is set up very similar but is not performing the same. Everyone's a second away from the L&H 500 times but we're a second and a half and the car's virtually the same."