FPR WINS FIRST WINTON RACE FROM POLE POSITION June 3, 2006 - CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has raced from Pole position to victory in today's first 34 lap V8 Supercar race at Victoria's Winton Raceway. BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark...
FPR WINS FIRST WINTON RACE FROM POLE POSITION
June 3, 2006 - CAT FPR Falcon driver Jason Bright has raced from Pole position to victory in today's first 34 lap V8 Supercar race at Victoria's Winton Raceway. BroadIP Ford Credit Falcon driver Mark Winterbottom finished today's race in 8th place after qualifying 10th.
Bright performed superbly throughout the day, taking the top spot in qualifying and continuing this dominant form into the top ten shoot-out. The Prodrive team's Winton speed was clearly superior during the 100 kilometre race, where after a fast start Bright raced well ahead of most of the field. The 34 year old driver facing a short but spirited challenge from Ford driver Craig Lowndes, before breaking away to win the race by 6.1 seconds. Lowndes raced to second place ahead of Paul Dumbrell.
The FPR pit crew's efforts assisted Bright to gain the team's first V8 Supercar race victory since Phillip Island 2003 with a lightning fast sub 3.2 second compulsory tyre stop.
This victory was a long time coming for Bright who last stood on the top step of the podium when he won the second and third heats on his way to the Barbagallo (Perth) round victory in 2004.
Winterbottom displayed excellent car speed during the race after losing two positions at the start. He spent the remainder of the closely fought race staying with the top ten, managing to make up two places on this notoriously tricky circuit.
#6 Jason Bright - "I got a good start and broke away from the field early. After our fast pit stop I was motoring around well but I left it a bit late to adjust my brake bias and that caused me to run wide at the esses a couple of times. One that was sorted I had more than enough pace to hold off the Triple 8 guys and we raced home to a strong win. It has been a long time for me between victories, so its great to be back at the front. The team has had the pace to do this for some time now so and today we capitalised on this perfectly during qualifying, the shoot out and the opening race."
#5 Mark Winterbottom - "I had a good race, we made up two places and earned more points and I am sure that we can make the car quicker for tomorrow. It has been a great day for the team with Jason's victory and I am looking forward to having two good races tomorrow and ending the round with a strong result."
FPR Motorsport Director, Tim Edwards - "I am delighted for the team and our sponsors. I am even more delighted for the 38 people who work very hard for the team and were rewarded with the perfect trifecta in qualifying, the top ten shoot-out and the race result."
FPR returns for the second and third heats of the round tomorrow, with Bright's victory placing him last on the grid with the other fastest racers of the round at 11:00am. The third and final race will start at 3:00pm.