Winton: FPR Friday notes

"SOFT TYRE HAS PROS AND CONS" SAY FPR Sprint tyres from Dunlop are set to shake up V8 Supercar racing at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend, with Ford Performance Racing drivers gaining more than a second on March's testing times. The soft ...

"SOFT TYRE HAS PROS AND CONS" SAY FPR

Sprint tyres from Dunlop are set to shake up V8 Supercar racing at Winton Motor Raceway this weekend, with Ford Performance Racing drivers gaining more than a second on March's testing times.

The soft compound rubber, introduced this weekend, does have a draw back though; its rapid degradation, designed to challenge strategy, lays down a slippery line on the track and reduces grip.

Despite that, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards put the Orrcon Steel & Castrol FPR Falcons fifth and 11th fastest respectively in today's practice at the Victorian race track.

Richo did a time of 1:22.7965 compared to 1:23.88 on March 9's official test day at the track, which was conducted in similar conditions. Frosty did a time of 1:22.5760 compared to 1:23.74 earlier in the year.

Qualifying for tomorrow's race begins at 11am tomorrow.

Steve Richards 6 Castrol FPR Falcon

"The use of the soft tyres has put some sort of rubber mix on the track and it's unbelievably slippery. The car doesn't lose balance, it just loses grip front and rear. You can change the car but it doesn't really have an effect.

"It's just very difficult to read into a situation when there's so much other stuff going on. We were looking at other teams who were running the same tyres as us though and our times were more competitive."

Mark Winterbottom 5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

"The track rubber is just on the side of the racing line and it's going to make it quite hard to pass on the dirty line. There are definitely more rubber marbles than we've ever seen here before.

"Tomorrow we'll be somewhere up the front; we just need to tune the car a little bit. The soft tyre should definitely make the racing more interesting but the majority will still be done on the control tyre so we've got to focus on that rather than the 'happy hour' soft tyre.

Tim Edwards
Team Principal

"There's obviously a massive difference between the hard and soft tyres and It certainly makes today's times very difficult to analyse.

"What remains to be seen is when people will use them because everybody's only got one set for two races. If you were going to start race one on them, then the game's over because you've used your one shot.

"If you choose not to start race one on them it opens up different options; we've got half a dozen different game plans mapped out for how to use the tyres."

-credit: fpr

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Steve Richards , Tim Edwards