FPR bring home all three falcons in the top 10
PD 4th, Frosty 5th and Richo 8th
Ford Performance Racing posted some promising results this afternoon in the first of two races at the Symmons Plains circuit in Tasmania.
Starting from third and sixth places on the grid for the 50-lap sprint race, Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards finished the ‘sprint tyre shootout’ in fifth and eighth places respectively.
Frosty was looking good for a podium but an off track excursion on his out-lap cost the Orrcon Steel racer several spots.
“The car probably wasn’t 100 percent today ... I struggled with a little bit of understeer during the race,” Frosty lamented.
“It was my fault, after the pit stop I pushed a little too hard trying to catch second position, the tyre temp didn't come up as quick as I thought it would after cross swapping the soft tyres and I ran wide coming off the track at the end of the straight which cost us two places ... a shame because we should have finished on the podium,” he said.
“We’ll have a look tonight at how we can improve things for tomorrow and come back swinging ... we have an extra 80 k distance on top of what we did today so different strategies will come into consideration which will hopefully play out to our advantage,” Frosty concluded.
After a strong qualifying performance that saw him start the race from sixth place on the grid, Dunlop Super Dealer pilot Steve Richards was also upbeat about today’s performance and the prospect of something better tomorrow.
“Obviously I would have liked to finished at least where we qualified but the car balance changed quite a lot throughout today’s race on the soft tyres,” Richo said.
“Overall we have a great package will be back to give it another crack tomorrow,” he said.
Paul Dumbrell in the FPR-prepared Bottle-O Racing Falcon completed the FPR top ten trifecta - finishing today’s race in fourth place.
The FPR Falcons return to the Symmons Plains circuit tomorrow for qualifying at 12.30pm followed by race two at 3.05pm.