Craig Lowndes 6th in First Tasmanian Tussle November 13, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing driver Craig Lowndes has finished 6th in the first of three Tasmanian V8 Supercar races being held this weekend at Launceston's Symmons Plains Raceway. Glenn...
Craig Lowndes 6th in First Tasmanian Tussle
November 13, 2004 - Ford Performance Racing driver Craig Lowndes has finished 6th in the first of three Tasmanian V8 Supercar races being held this weekend at Launceston's Symmons Plains Raceway. Glenn Seton endured a tough race punctuated by an off circuit foray and an unsuccessful gamble on wet tyres.
The 42 lapper started at 4:00pm and by the mid stages of the race dark storm clouds provided the continuous threat of heavy rain - but only brief light showers saw the circuit remain mostly dry.
Both Seton and Lowndes made strong starts in today's race, Seton making up two positions from the green light and Lowndes bringing his CAT FPR Falcon into the pits while in 3rd position after 11 laps (from 7th on the grid). Racing on slick (dry) tyres throughout, Lowndes muscled his way to 6th by the chequered flag.
Seton was forced to run his Ford Credit FPV Falcon off the circuit to avoid impacting the early braking Max Wilson on the approach to the turn four hairpin on lap 10, this costing the 1992 Symmons Plains winner valuable time and track positions after his first tyre stop. With dark clouds and rain showers closing in around the circuit, the team made the decision to take a gamble with one of the team's FPR Falcons in the unpredictable conditions with wet tyres, but the expected heavy showers never came. Seton finished 28th.
The first Tasmanian Triple Challenge V8 Supercar race was won by Holden driver Rick Kelly ahead of Ford's Marcos Ambrose and Todd Kelly (Holden). Lowndes was the second highest placed Ford driver in the race.
FPR returns to the track tomorrow for the second and third races of the round scheduled at 12:05pm and 3:00pm.
#6 Craig Lowndes - "The car was good in the race, I was holding station with the bunch of drivers in front of me until our tyre stop. The second set of tyres had a little more understeer than the first set, so it got a bit tougher as the race went on. I benefitted from some of the moves going on in front of me and I had a few battles of my own going on that included some contact - so it was good to finish in the top six. I thought it wasn't wet enough to change to wets during the mid stages, but it was an each way call."
#5 Glenn Seton - "I had a good race car today and after a strong start I was in the top five by the tyre stop. I exited pit lane with Max Wilson in front of me, he braked early heading into the hairpin and I had the choice of an impact with him or running off the road. This was costly and the gamble to change to wets proved to be a mistake as the circuit was too dry despite the rain in the area. We have some work to do tomorrow from 28th but we have a strong race car."
FPR Chief Engineer, John Russell - "A solid drive by Craig, consolidating his top ten qualifying position with 6th in the race. We took a gamble with Glenn as the weather closed in to continue his race on wets, this didn't pay off and unfortunately dropped him down a lap. There are two more races tomorrow and we are looking forward to better results for both FPR Falcons."