Sydney: FPR race one report

SYDNEY SON CELEBRATES HOME SUCCESS Mark Winterbottom gave Sydney something to cheer for today as he represented his home town on the Sydney Telstra 500 podium. The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver completed a faultless 250kms to finish second in...

SYDNEY SON CELEBRATES HOME SUCCESS

Mark Winterbottom gave Sydney something to cheer for today as he represented his home town on the Sydney Telstra 500 podium.

The Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver completed a faultless 250kms to finish second in a race marked by incidents every other lap.

Team-mate Steve Richards made an incredible recovery, gaining 15 places from his start position to finish 8th overall.

The Castrol FPR Falcon driver's three-stop strategy was a stroke of genius by the team and would have seen Richo finish even further up were it not for a braking issue in the last ten laps.

Both drivers will be on track for the last qualifying session of the year tomorrow at 10.30am.

Mark Winterbottom
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"We were a bit sneaky there; we kept running around keeping the car straight and even though the car was not the quickest out there, it's straight and that's enough. In these long races you have got to survive.

"On those last few laps I was just waiting for Garth to spin off and then I'd have been making the victory salute over the start-finish line!

"It's a very physical track; if you make one mistake it normally means you're in the wall so you've got to concentrate for 74 laps.

"To get on the podium at a track with a lot of meaning, when I grew up so close, is awesome. Hopefully we can make the car quicker and see what tomorrow brings; hopefully one better."

Steve Richards
Castrol FPR Falcon

"I didn't think this result was possible this morning. Even after our first stop and we came out in 25th or something; I thought it was going to be tough but we seemed to be able to maintain good pace. It worked out good.

"There was a key manoeuvre where we pitted for that safety car on lap 27 to give us some more fuel. It meant we had to pit three times but our last stop was much shorter than everyone else.

"In the end, there was another incident that brought out the safety car right in front of me so I knew what was coming. I got one clear lap flat out because of that, which absolutely worked in my favour."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards