Front Row For Frosty

2 March 2013

Qualified in position 2 for Frosty

Ford's Pepsi Max Crew has started the season in fine form with Mark Winterbottom qualifying his Falcon second for the opening race of the season following a tight Top 10 Shootout in Adelaide.

Winterbottom improved his provisional qualifying result by six places in the one lap dash.

Will Davison also made the shootout and will start the race seventh after being less-than happy with his effort.

Both worked on a broad program of development across the day's four practice sessions and were happy with the gains made.

Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford:

Qualifying: P8 1m21.26s
Shootout: P2 1m21.40s
"I had a great start to my shootout lap but didn't quite have enough to get pole. With these cars none of us knew what the pace would be like so to start on the front row is a great effort by everyone. We haven't had a bad day and we've made good gains so I think we should be in good shape tomorrow. That said, not a lot of people have done long race-type runs in these cars so we will really see where everyone is tomorrow and we will also learn a lot more about these new cars."

Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max Crew FPR Ford:
Qualifying: P4 1m.21.05s
Shootout: P7 1m21.65s
"I am disappointed with my shootout result but it was a big turnaround from the first few sessions where I really didn't have a handle on the car and what it was doing. We made a lot of changes and really improved things leaps and bounds. We were quick in qualifying and made a few tweaks for the shootout and my lap wasn't that bad but perhaps it was one change too many. Tomorrow is the important thing and getting a balanced set-up for the race is critical."

Tim Edwards FPR Team Principal:
"We are pretty happy with our effort today both in qualifying and in how the day panned out. A front row start for Mark and two cars in the shootout is a good effort. All of our drivers made gains across the day and learnt a lot about the cars which will not only help come the race tomorrow, but also the general set-up direction for the rest of the weekend."

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