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21 | 05 | 2011 - FIGHTING FIFTH FOR DUMBRELL

Ford Performance Racing's (FPR) Paul Dumbrell showed he has lost none of the form that took him to his first race win last year by staging a determined drive to fifth place at Winton in the first of two all soft tyre races at the Victorian track.
Dumbrell started fifth, held the position early and recovered late in the race to pass two former series champions on the way to recording his best result so far for 2011.
Team-mates Mark Winterbottom and Will Davison finished ninth and 13th after a mixed day which saw all three factory Fords qualify inside the top 10.
Dumbrell started well and held his position until his first-and-only pit stop on lap 16. He found himself slightly further back than before his pit stop, but then went about passing Garth Tander and pole-sitter Craig Lowndes on the way to fifth.
Winterbottom made up a place at the start and held station until he pitted for fuel and tyres on lap 17.
He rejoined behind Davison and after a short battle passed his team-mate and pushed the #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon to ninth at the chequered flag.
Davison battled inside the top 10 early and felt his car improving before he made his stop, though a setting change did not have the desired result and he lost ground late in the race as his tyres degraded faster than anticipated.
Despite finishing 13th he felt he had gained valuable information for future soft tyre races as he continues to expand his knowledge of his #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon.
DRIVERS' VIEW
Mark Winterbottom – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 8th - 1m22.41s
Race 10: 9th - Fastest lap: 1m24.33s
Championship position: 10th - 749 points
"The start was good and the car felt pretty good. Losing a small amount in the pit stop put me behind cars I shouldn't have been and that made it hard to get back to where I was. We had a little battle with Will and then when I passed him I tried to get into a rhythm and put in some quick laps, but by that point the tyres started dropping away. There will be some things to tidy up overnight to ensure the rear degradation isn't as bad as today but we are much better placed than it looks. We just need the front and rear to connect better through the corners. There are positives out of today and we should be better again tomorrow whether it is wet or dry. Paul had a good result and with his data will help us improve further."
Will Davison – #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 9th - 1m22.45s
Race 10: 13th - Fastest lap: 1m24.53s
Championship position: 6th - 780 points
"We've made some pretty drastic changes to the car and until we did a race on it we weren't going to know how the soft tyres would hold up and obviously it wasn't great. Actually, at the end of the first stint the car started to come back to me so it wasn't too bad. But then we made a change at the stop which made the car worse after the stop so it was a tricky race. I couldn't do much but drive the race to the limits of the car. This was curtailed by the oversteer we had which hurt the rear tyres in the second stint. If we hadn't made that change we would have finished in the top 10, but we learnt something which is the main thing. PD is very happy with his car but has a different set-up so we will look at what we can learn from that for tomorrow."
Paul Dumbrell – #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 5th - 1m22.26s
Race 10: 5th - Fastest lap: 1m23.89s
Championship position: 24th - 288 points
"It is probably going to be pretty wet tomorrow and generally a car that is good in the dry is good in the wet, so we are looking ok if it rains. It would have been nice not to have lost so many places after our pit stop, but our strategy was conservative so although it hurt us early, it definitely helped us at the end. It is always good to be passing people at the end of the race and our pace at the end was very encouraging. We just need to make sure we have a good race tomorrow wet or dry."
Tim Edwards - FPR Team Principal:
"Today was a little journey into the unknown for us after our recent test day we needed to see if we had improved our performance on the soft tyre. Despite not finishing as high as we would have like, I think we can be pleased we've made a step in the right direction. Paul's performance was very encouraging, especially with the pace he displayed at the end of the race where he was one of the quickest cars on the track. His set-up was quite different to that on Mark and Will's cars so we can use his data to improve the performance of the others. Mark would have finished higher had he not lost a few spots at his pit stop and Will learnt more about his car, which in just his fifth event for the team will help his progress for the rest of the year."
2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY
RACE 10 - RESULTS:
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight
2) Lee Holdsworth - Garry Rogers Motorsport
3) Steve Johnson - Dick Johnson Racing
4) Rick Kelly - Kelly Racing
5) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing
9) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing
13) Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing


2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINTS AFTER RACE 10
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight: 1096 points
2) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight: 876
3) Rick Kelly - Kelly Racing: 833
4) Garth Tander - HRT: 806
5) Shane van Gisbergen - Stone Brothers Racing: 793
6) Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing: 780
10) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing: 749
17) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing: 473

2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM POINTS AFTER RACE 10
1) Triple Eight: 1972 points
2) Stone Brothers Racing: 1561
3) Ford Performance Racing: 1529

MARK WINTERBOTTOM
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS | 2489
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION | 6TH
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