Queensland: FPR Sunday race report

JASON BRIGHT 9TH IN QUEENSLAND 300 July 24, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing has claimed one top ten finish at the 7th Round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Queensland Raceway today. CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright...

JASON BRIGHT 9TH IN QUEENSLAND 300

July 24, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing has claimed one top ten finish at the 7th Round of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Queensland Raceway today.

CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright finished 9th in today's fast paced 280 kilometre race after starting from 14th on the grid. The 32 year old driver worked his way into the top ten by mid-race distance, assisted by a super-fast 3.8 second pit stop for tyres by the FPR crew. Displaying impressive car speed, Bright raced up to 8th before an altercation with Greg Murphy (with ten laps remaining) relegated the FPR driver back to 10th. He raced strongly to finish 9th, 1.5 seconds behind race winner Craig Lowndes who headed a Ford powered 1,2 with Championship leader Marcos Ambrose second.

It was a tough day at the V8 Supercar office for Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter. He raced to a strong start and was settling into a consistent race pace when on the 13th lap his engine started misfiring before losing all ignition spark on the following lap, ending his race. This was a bitter disappointment for Ritter, who was competing in his fifth V8 Supercar race at Queensland Raceway, one of the few circuits that the Championship rookie is very familiar with.

Bright earned 144 points today, placing the FPR driver 11th in the V8 Supercar Championship standings with six rounds remaining. . #6 Jason Bright - "That was one of the most frustrating races that I have ever driven, because we had a great car that was fast across most of the circuit, but we still struggled with the bumps at turn one and two. This meant that every time I was close enough to pass through those turns, I couldn't. Our 9th place finish may have been better, but I was forced wide by Greg Murphy late in the race, losing a couple of places."

#5 Greg Ritter - "I got off to a good start and was settling into the pace of the race when the engine started to misfire and everything shut down. I tried everything that I could do to re-start the engine, but it was to no avail. I am very disappointed as we had improved our set up and I was expecting to have a strong race today."

FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We have enjoyed strong reliability over the last few rounds so we were very disappointed with Greg's retirement due to a failure. We had good pace, good strategy and a fantastic pit stop today, but we compromised ourselves with our poor qualifying."

The V8 Supercar battle resumes with Round 8 at Sydney's Oran Park Raceway from August 12-14.

-fpr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Craig Lowndes , Greg Ritter , Tim Edwards