JASON BRIGHT 5TH IN OPENING PUKEKOHE PRACTICE April 21, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom have made fast starts to their trans-Tasman V8 Supercar campaign at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway ...
JASON BRIGHT 5TH IN OPENING PUKEKOHE PRACTICE
April 21, 2006 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Mark Winterbottom have made fast starts to their trans-Tasman V8 Supercar campaign at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway today.
CAT FPR Falcon driver Bright set the day's 5th fastest lap time of 56.0031s, a mere 2/10ths of a second behind the fastest lap of the day set by Ford driver Russell Ingall. The 2004 Pukekohe V8 Supercar round winner also topped the timesheets towards the closing stages of the session.
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom was also in very strong from throughout today's practice session. The 24 year old's best lap time (56.1089s) placed him 11th overall and was a mere one tenth of a second behind his team mate. Winterbottom enjoyed mixing it up with the top three drivers during the early and middle stages of the session, but a late session spin at turn three caused by loose gravel on the circuit caught him out, causing slight panel damage to the car and a visit to the pits.
#6 Jason Bright - "The car is in very good shape at this early stage and the team did a great job to ensure that we were able to set the pace to beat and remain in the top five throughout the competitive second half of the session. While I am happy with our car speed, there are a few things that we can do to make the car more comfortable to drive and faster for tomorrow."
#5 Mark Winterbottom - "The car was very good on worn tyres today - we were clearly one of the fastest cars out there during the early stages of the session. The team has worked well to ensure that both of our cars were capable of consistent lap times well within the highly competitive top 50% at Pukekohe. I am sure that there is more time in the car with a couple of things that we can improve on - but overall it wasn't bad at all."
FPR returns to Pukekohe Raceway for qualifying at 11:00am (9:00am EST) followed by the top ten shoot out at 12:00pm (10:00am EST) and the first of three challenging New Zealand races at 3:10pm (1:10pm EST).