NEWS

01 | 05 | 2011 - PERTH PROVES CHALLENGING FOR FPR

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has finished the Trading Post Perth Challenge with a podium and a full task list for next week's test at Winton in Victoria after a tough second day of action at Barbagallo Raceway.
The day started with arguably the most unique qualifying session of the season where each driver had to set two fast lap times to determine their starting position in Races 8 and 9 of the 2011 V8 Supercar Championship.
Will Davison, Mark Winterbottom and Paul Dumbrell set consistent lap times on Dunlop's soft compound tyre, though started from a range of grid positions - Davison eighth and 14th, Winterbottom 11th and eighth and Dumbrell 21st and 18th.
Davison made a rapid start in the first race though his gains were short lived as a large impact off the start between Steve Owen and Karl Reindler caused a sizeable fire which forced the race to be red flagged.
At the restart 40 minutes later Davison was not as fortunate and dropped back outside the top 10 until his first pit stop.
Winterbottom ran in the same pack as Davison, while Dumbrell again suffered an unfortunate incident when contact with Russell Ingall resulted in a bent steering arm - the incident dropping him down the field.
Davison made up the ground he lost early in the race in his #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon and after his stop passed a number of cars late in the race to cross the line eighth.
Winterbottom finished 13th and Dumbrell recovered despite his steering issue to finish 19th.
The third-and-final race of the weekend followed shortly after, though it left the team little to be happy about.
Winterbottom spent most of the early part of the race in the top 10 and Dumbrell began moving his way through the field until their first and only scheduled pit stop where they pitted at the same time.
A slick stop for Dumbrell and a slight delay for Winterbottom meant the #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon gained a spot.
Davison fell back into the midfield pack early in the race and though he maintained his position in the latter stages, Saturday's podium finisher could only manage 15th by race end.
Dumbrell continued to move through the field after passing Winterbottom and enjoyed an incident-free run to the flag where he claimed 13th.
Winterbottom had an unfortunate end to his race when he pitted five laps from home for a precautionary tyre change for a suspected puncture, dropping him to 26th at the chequered flag.
FPR returns to the track on Tuesday, 10 May for a test day at Winton where it will spend time working on the soft tyre set-up for all three of its factory Ford Falcons after the less-than optimal performance on the tyre in Perth.

DRIVERS' VIEW
Mark Winterbottom – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
Qualifying: Race 8: 11th - 55.44s / Race 9: 8th - 55.49s
Race 8: 13th - Fastest lap: 57.06s
Race 9: 26th - Fastest lap: 57.09s
Championship position: 9th - 665 points
"We have a lot of work to do as that was a very average performance today. We have a test day before Winton which is the most important one we've had a in a long time. We will use the next test to work on the deficiencies we identified this weekend and I know we will turn it around but we need to do it soon. Everyone will work hard, we have faith and we will bounce back just like we did last year."
Will Davison – #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon
Qualifying: Race 8: 8th - 55.40s / Race 9: 14th - 55.65s
Race 8: 8th - Fastest lap: 57.00s
Race 9: 15th - Fastest lap: 57.47s
Championship position: 6th - 714 points
"We just didn't have enough speed on the soft tyre today. In the first race we struggled in the early stages but the actual longevity of the tyre wasn't too bad and I passed some cars and got back to eighth. The car is looking after the tyres ok, we just don't have enough grip on the soft tyre. We tried a few things for the next race and it didn't improve things which was a bit of a let down after yesterday, but we did what we could. We will work very hard on our soft tyre pace at our upcoming test at Winton."
Paul Dumbrell – #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon
Qualifying: Race 8: 21st - 55.66s / Race 9: 18th - 55.73s
Race 8: 19th - Fastest lap: 57.58s
Race 9: 13th - Fastest lap: 57.34s
Championship position: 23rd - 362 points
"It was nice to finally finish a race without an incident and although we didn't finish as high as we would have liked, I am relieved to have the car come back in one piece. Today's first race wasn't without incident, though we did have better pace than our closest rivals near the end of the race. Had we not started 18th for the final race I think we could have been in the top 10, but we will work on our pace at the Winton test and build on today's better fortune."
Tim Edwards - FPR Team Principal:
"It was a disappointing way to end what had started out a great weekend. All our attention is now focussed on 10 May when we will be testing at Winton where we need to address the underlying issues we have in the car. Will can be pleased with his performance yesterday on the hard tyre, but today was a struggle. Mark was unlucky to have an issue late in the final race today, though Paul finally enjoyed a trouble-free race which he has deserved for a while. The entire team will be working hard in the coming weeks ahead of the next race in Winton to ensure we are back where we should be."
2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TRADING POST PERTH CHALLENGE
RACE 8 - RESULTS:
1) Jason Bright - Brad Jones Racing
2) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight
3) Jason Bargwanna - Brad Jones Racing
4) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight
5) Tim Slade - Stone Brothers Racing
8 Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing
13) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing
19) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing

2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TRADING POST PERTH CHALLENGE
RACE 9 - RESULTS:
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight
2) Jason Bright - Brad Jones Racing
3) Garth Tander - HRT
4) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight
5) James Courtney - HRT
14) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing
15) Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing
26) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing


2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINTS AFTER RACE 9
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight: 946 points
2) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight: 804
3) Garth Tander - HRT: 737
4) Shane van Gisbergen - Stone Brothers Racing: 730
5) Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing: 714
9) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing: 665
23) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing: 362


2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM POINTS AFTER RACE 9
1) Triple Eight: 1570 points
2) Ford Performance Racing: 1321
3) Stone Brothers Racing: 1284

MARK WINTERBOTTOM
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS | 2489
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION | 6TH
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