CHALLENGING GOLD COAST QUALIFYING October 21, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has endured a difficult opening day at Surfers Paradise with promising early practice pace not translating into strong qualifying results. Today's first...
CHALLENGING GOLD COAST QUALIFYING
October 21, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has endured a difficult opening day at Surfers Paradise with promising early practice pace not translating into strong qualifying results.
Today's first practice session was held in dry and humid conditions, with both FPR Falcon drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter using the 35 minute session to work on developing their street circuit set-ups. The second session saw heavy rainfall, not enabling the team to further develop their high speed set ups, the two FPR Falcon drivers setting the 12th and 13th fastest laps.
The combined qualifying session started on a damp circuit that quickly dried as the 32 car field set out to earn the best possible grid positions for tomorrow's first of three Gold Coast V8 Supercar races. Handling problems hampered both FPR drivers on the bumpy 4.4 kilometre street circuit, with CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright qualifying 14th and Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver Greg Ritter at 29th.
Pole position for the first of three races to decide the 11th Round of the V8 Supercar Championship went to Greg Murphy ahead of Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife.
#6 Jason Bright - "We were inside the top five early on, but as the track dried out we struggled with the bumps and crests on this circuit. We haven't got our shock package in the window yet. We will have a good race car as it is very good on its tyres, but we have some work to do on keeping the car stable on the track."
#5 Greg Ritter - "A very disappointing result - the car was a handful, particularly in the bumpy sections. I overshot the first chicane on my last lap, which may have been slightly quicker."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "We are all thoroughly disappointed with our qualifying results today. We thought that we were closer than we are, so we clearly have a lot of work to do."
While starting well below where the team intended to be at this round, the usual high attrition rate at this seaside street circuit during the opening one hour / 140 kilometre street race may work in the blue oval team's favour ahead of Sunday's two V8 Supercar races.
FPR will return to the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit for the opening V8 Supercar street fight at 3:40pm tomorrow.