JASON BRIGHT 13TH IN TASMANIAN TRIPLE CHALLENGE November 13, 2005 - CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has finished 13th overall at the penultimate round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Tasmania's Symmons Plains ...
JASON BRIGHT 13TH IN TASMANIAN TRIPLE CHALLENGE
November 13, 2005 - CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has finished 13th overall at the penultimate round of the 2005 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Tasmania's Symmons Plains Raceway today.
Comprising of three 100 kilometre races, Bright finished 7th in Saturday's opening race, but a long pit stop and braking problems conspired to deliver 17th and 16th place finishes in today's two heats.
Ford Credit FPV Falcon driver David Brabham made his solo V8 Supercar Round debut at Symmons Plains this weekend. After qualifying within the top 20 at 17th, the Aston Martin Racing Sportscar driver finished 23rd, 24th and 19th on track (later relegated to 26th due to a post race 25 second penalty) in the three 100 kilometre sprint races. Brabham's lap times matched those of the top ten competitors throughout each of the races, the 40 year old driver not wasting any time to adapt to sprint racing after a decade of international endurance racing.
FPR displayed field leading pace throughout practice and qualifying at Symmons Plains and while disappointed with the overall results, this weekend's three solid and reliable race performances by both drivers bodes well for the final series round being held at the team's test circuit, Phillip Island in a fortnight.
The Round 12 victory went to Garth Tander ahead of Steven Richards and Rick Kelly. This Tasmanian sporting event was the state's biggest ever with 30,192 fans attending on Sunday, and a total of 62,019 fans over the Ferodo Triple Challenge weekend.
#6 Jason Bright - "We made a lot of progress with the car this weekend. We had some bad luck in the second race with the wheel nut getting cross threaded and we basically ran out of brakes in the third. The car was at its strongest at the last corner which bodes well for our chances at Phillip Island. I am looking forward to going there and cracking at least one round win this year as we aren't far from it."
#5 David Brabham - "It has been a great experience this weekend and I had fun working with the guys at FPR again. My lap times became more competitive during the weekend and it was satisfying to set lap times that matched the top ten drivers by the third race. For someone who doesn't race these cars and compete on these circuits all the time, I am quite pleased with my performance and that of the team. I will take a lot of what I have learned here to Phillip Island."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "After having such a great start to the weekend and having one of fastest cars out there in practice and qualifying, we are very disappointed with our race results. Our results truly didn't reflect the pace of our cars. We weren't able to turn this pace into a major result so we still have some work ahead of us."
FPR sets its sights on Phillip Island's Grand Final round being held from November 25-27. This is FPR's test circuit and the team will complete one test day at the Victorian seaside circuit next week prior to this final V8 Supercar battle.