FPR GAINS A TOP TEN START TO THE SANDOWN 500 September 10, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing driver Jason Bright and co-driver David Brabham will start tomorrow's Sandown 500 from 9th on the grid after an impressive qualifying performance from the...
FPR GAINS A TOP TEN START TO THE SANDOWN 500
September 10, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing driver Jason Bright and co-driver David Brabham will start tomorrow's Sandown 500 from 9th on the grid after an impressive qualifying performance from the brand new CAT FPR Falcon. Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter and co-driver Cameron McLean will start the race from 15th on the grid - after qualifying just 7/10ths of a second off pole.
Bright qualified 8th in today's qualifying session which was held on a wet and drying circuit, earning him and the new FPR Falcon a place in the Sandown Top Ten Shootout, where he set the 9th ranked lap time following a troublesome lap.
Ritter was in strong form throughout the combined qualifying session, frequently matching the top five drivers' lap times while returning to the pits to change from wet to dry weather tyres as track conditions improved. The defending Sandown 500 Champion co-driver missed out on a top ten berth by just 2/10ths of a second.
Pole position went to Garth Tander with Ford driver Craig Lowndes sharing the front row and Greg Murphy third. The fastest 18 drivers were separated by less than one second in qualifying. The 161 lap Melbourne race is scheduled to start at 1:00pm.
#6 Jason Bright - "Qualifying went well although it was a tough session with the changing conditions. One thing is for sure - we have got a quick car, but I couldn't get the best out of it either in qualifying or in the shoot out. It wasn't a nice lap in the shoot out, the fuel alarm light went off and I immediately flicked the fuel switch, then had to switch it back which cost a bit of time. I am confident that our new car will have a strong race pace and that it will look after its tyres."
#6 David Brabham - "Jason and I are happy with the car, I think it will be a very consistent race car, which is the main thing you need in these races. Starting from the top ten is also promising. Everything has progressed calmly throughout the weekend and we are looking forward to a strong race."
#5 Greg Ritter - "It would have been great to have made the top ten as we have a car which is definitely good enough. Traffic and the changing circuit conditions held us back from having two cars in the top ten. We have improved the car significantly from yesterday and I am confident of the car being very strong in the race."
#5 Cameron McLean - "The car was very competitive for most of the qualifying session, but when the track had dried, Greg had traffic problems. He had a good race car but he didn't get the chance to show it during the session. We are starting from 15th, which is where I started from last year and finished second."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "The most important factor of today was that Jason is competing in a brand new car which is significantly different, so we are highly encouraged with the CAT FPR Falcon making it into the top ten. We know that we can move forward in major leaps now. Greg put in a very strong performance today as well and we have two strong race cars for tomorrow."