The Ford Performance Racing Falcons of Steve Richards and Mark Winterbottom are looking good for a strong showing at the Hamilton 400 in New Zealand this weekend.
During practice today, Dunlop Super Dealer FPR racer Steve Richards was running consistently in the top three - a great turn around for the New Zealand born driver - before finishing the final of four sessions in eighth place.
Orrcon Steel FPR pilot Mark Winterbottom also made good use of today's practice sessions, dialing through a number of different set-ups in search of the speed that will take him to his first race win in 2010.
The competition was as close as it has been this season, with the top 24 places split by just one second - a testament to the parity between today's V8 Supercars.
"It's been a really positive day today," Richo said.
"I had a lot more confidence in the car today ... it's really made some gains – it seems different to the car I have been driving in the earlier rounds this year," he added.
"Keeping in mind we only used one set of tyres, whereas most of the guys in front of us used two ... so if you look back in the session when everyone was running the same gear, we were actually a lot further up the timesheets - second in fact - which is really promising for tomorrow."
Orrcon Steel's Mark Winterbottom was also optimistic with the direction his FPR Falcon is heading this weekend.
"We had a couple of small issues earlier on today in relation to the car and the way it was handling the bumps ... we tried a few different set-ups to try and find the right balance and towards the end of the second session I think we pretty much nailed it," Frosty said.
"As Steve said we only ran one set of tyres today so our finishing place probably isn't a true reflection of where we're at ... there's still more (speed) in it so we'll go through the data and cross-reference it with Steve's and Paul's (Dumbrell – FPR Bottle-O entry) to see if there's something else we can apply tomorrow," he added.
Qualifying and the top-ten shootout for race 7 will be held tomorrow morning at 10.30am and 11.30am respectively (New Zealand time - subtract 2hrs for AEST).