BRIGHT RACES INTO TOP TEN IN GOLD COAST OPENER October 22, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have made up significant ground in today's opening 140 kilometre V8 Supercar street race at Queensland's Surfers...
BRIGHT RACES INTO TOP TEN IN GOLD COAST OPENER
October 22, 2005 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) drivers Jason Bright and Greg Ritter have made up significant ground in today's opening 140 kilometre V8 Supercar street race at Queensland's Surfers Paradise.
Bright, who is competing in his 100th V8 Supercar Championship round this weekend, raced his CAT FPR Falcon from 14th on the starting grid to finish 8th after a strong and reliable performance in the very hot and fast paced 31 lap race.
Ritter gained an impressive ten positions in today's race, taking his Ford Credit FPV Falcon from 29th on the grid to 19th by the chequered flag in a determined drive.Ritter was fortunate to avoid major damage when he and competitor Anthony Tratt tangled following the FPR driver's compulsory pit stop for tyres.
Precision pit stops by the FPR crew ensured a top ten start for Bright and a top twenty starting position for Ritter for the second of three races to decide the Surfers Paradise round tomorrow.
The race was won by Greg Murphy ahead of Ford driver Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife.Surprisingly, the entire race was run without any Safety Car interruptions or major incidents.
#6 Jason Bright - "We have definitely improved the car and I can drive it with much more confidence now - which is what you need to be fast here. This is by far the best car that I have ever had here, it hung onto its tyres, brakes and balance very well. I lost a lot of time early in the race behind Tander, Wilson and the pack, but once they were out of the way we were lapping almost one second a lap faster, which means we should be able to hold on to the lead drivers tomorrow."
#5 Greg Ritter - "All in all I had a good race, I just tried to keep it clean throughout in order to make up positions and that's what happened. The car is still a bit of hard work but with the data that we gained in this race, I am sure that we will be able to improve it further for tomorrow."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "Great to get both cars to the finish today. We made a number of improvements overnight to both cars that worked well enabling us to significantly progress from our qualifying positions. This has placed us in much better starting positions for tomorrow's races, so we are optimistic about our chances."
The second race of the round is scheduled to start at 11:05am tomorrow, with the third and final race of the round starting at 3:55pm, pending any delays with the Champ Car (Indy) race.