BRIGHT RACES TO 7TH IN FIRST NZ V8 SUPERCAR BATTLE April 16, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have finished 7th and 20th in today's action packed 36 lap V8 Supercar race at Auckland's Pukekohe Park ...
BRIGHT RACES TO 7TH IN FIRST NZ V8 SUPERCAR BATTLE
April 16, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have finished 7th and 20th in today's action packed 36 lap V8 Supercar race at Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Starting from 9th on the grid, Bright raced his CAT FPR Falcon into the early lead of the race by the 10th lap, aided in part by competitor pitstops along with some aggressive overtaking. The Victorian driver made his compulsory pit stop on lap 23, changing rear tyres and setting off in pursuit of the top five. Displaying consistent speed throughout the remainder of the race, a series of on track incidents and a close multi-lap battle with Holden driver Paul Radisich held the FPR driver's progress to 7th by the end of the 36 laps.
Starting from 31st on the grid, Greg Ritter leap frogged his Ford Credit FPV Falcon two positions at the green light and had progressed to 11th after 10 laps - aided by competitor pit stops. Ritter made his compulsory pit stop for two rear tyres on lap 17 and continued strongly to finish the race in 20th place.
The race was won by Holden driver Greg Murphy, closely followed by Ford's Russell Ingall and Mark Skaife in a Holden. Steven Ellery (Ford), Marcos Ambrose (Ford) and Paul Radisich (Holden) made up the top six.
#6 Jason Bright - "The car was the best that it has been all weekend during the race. We had some good early pace on my first set of tyres and we stayed on that set as long as we could to try and take full advantage of a better set later in the run to the end of the race. Unfortunately after our pit stop things didn't go our way on the track. I'm happy with the progress that we have made this weekend - it has been second to none in terms of the gains we have made since yesterday."
#5 Greg Ritter - "We made a number of good changes to the car that I took full advantage of during the race and it was enjoyable to make my way past one third of the field. It is our intention to repeat this effort during the next two races tomorrow. There was quite a bit of door banging going on but overall I had a pretty clean race and I am really looking forward to tomorrow."
FPR Chief Engineer, Phil Keed - "Both cars have improved a great deal from the start of the weekend and that was a great race. We thought that we could have finished a bit higher than 7th with Jason but there were a few incidents that affected us. It was excellent to see Greg gain so many positions. Both drivers have gained better starting positions for tomorrow so we are looking forward to the two races ahead. We keep building on our performance throughout the weekend."
FPR returns to Auckland's Pukekohe Park Raceway tomorrow for two 50 lap races starting at 12:05pm (10:05am EST) and 4:30pm (2:30pm EST).