NEWS

22 | 05 | 2011 - HIGHS AND LOWS AT WINTON

Ford Performance Racing (FPR) has suffered the highs and lows of motorsport on the final day of action at Winton where Mark Winterbottom claimed his first pole position for the 2001 V8 Supercar season.
Winterbottom blitzed the field in his #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon to claim top spot at the team's home test track with a lap of 1m22.53s.
He made the most of his front-row start and held the lead through the opening sequence of turns and led by almost one second by the end of the first lap.
Team-mates Will Davison and Paul Dumbrell qualified 15th and 19th respectively, though Davison started with the right intention, passing a number of cars on the opening lap.
His gain was to be short-lived as he was hit into a spin by Lee Holdsworth on lap three.
The contact spun him around and into the path of Todd Kelly and a number of other drivers who were unable to avoid the #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon.
Davison recovered to the pits where the team repaired the car's front end damage, but the four laps it took meant any chance of a high finish was lost.
The spin was a double-blow for the factory Ford team as Dumbrell was one of the cars delayed by Davison's spin. The time loss meant he lost four places and then spent the rest of the first stint trying to repass slower cars.
Winterbottom held the lead until lap 12 when fellow front-row starter Jamie Whincup passed him into turn three. Despite losing another place to Garth Tander on the following lap he was able to stay in contact until he made his first of two pit stops on lap 20.
Dumbrell stopped soon after and the two FPR Falcons were among the fastest cars on the track, though could do little with their pace due to several large groups of cars ahead of them on the track caused by differing pit strategies.
Winterbottom's rear tyres started to wear earlier than expected and he slipped a handful of positions before stopping for the second and final time on lap 44.
Dumbrell pitted three laps later and rejoined just outside the top 20. However, the #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon used its obvious pace to pass a number of cars including Winterbottom in the closing laps, claiming 18th by race end.
Winterbottom was disappointed to slip to 19th at the chequered flag, while Davison completed a lonely race to finish in 24th place.
DRIVERS' VIEW
Mark Winterbottom – #5 Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 1st - 1m22.53s
Race 11: 19th - Fastest lap: 1m24.33s
Championship position: 10th - 797 points
"It wasn't the way we wanted to end the day after such a great start. We were really pleased with pole position - I made a good start and was comfortable in the top three until my pit stop. After that our rear tyres went off, but it was unusual in how fast they did so I think something may have been wrong with the car. We will take it back to the workshop, strip it back and see what we can find. I am looking forward to Darwin as it is a track where we have traditionally been strong."
Will Davison – #6 Trading Post FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 15th - 1m23.09s
Race 11: 24th - Fastest lap: 1m25.13s
Championship position: 8th - 813 points
"There is not much I can say about today's race as it was over for me before it really started. I made a great start and gained several places and the car felt good until Lee Holdsworth hit me and spun me round. I was then hit by Todd Kelly who had nowhere to go. The guys did a great job to get the car back out but by then we were four laps down. After that we just did what we had to do in order to claim as many points as possible."
Paul Dumbrell – #55 The Bottle-O FPR Falcon
Qualifying: 19th - 1m23.24s
Race 11: 18th - Fastest lap: 1m24.26s
Championship position: 17th - 524 points
"We may not have had the success we enjoyed yesterday but I definitely feel the car is now much improved on the soft tyre. We were among the quickest throughout the race and had it not been for my poor qualifying the end result would have been much better. Mark used the settings I had to good affect this morning to grab pole and with the race pace I had, and it may not look like it, but we've found something that we can work with to further improve things."
Tim Edwards - FPR Team Principal:
"Nobody is more frustrated with today's performance than me. It was pleasing to see Mark on pole and the team did a good job to get that performance given the tricky conditions. Mark started well but in the latter half of the race his tyres went off uncharacteristically faster than expected. There is no obvious reason for it so we will go through everything extremely thoroughly when we get back to the factory. Paul had tremendous pace for most of the race and had he not started so far back it would have been different. Will was an unfortunate victim in an incident that wasn't his fault. We know we have to do better and we will do whatever it takes to turn things around."
2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
WINTON MOTOR RACEWAY
RACE 11 - RESULTS:
1) Jason Bright - Brad Jones Racing
2) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight
3) Garth Tander - HRT
4) Shane van Gisbergen - Stone Brothers Racing
5) Fabian Coulthard - Walkinshaw
18) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing
19) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing
24) Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing


2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
DRIVER POINTS AFTER RACE 11
1) Jamie Whincup - Triple Eight: 1234 points
2) Craig Lowndes - Triple Eight: 972
3) Garth Tander - HRT: 935
4) Jason Bright - Brad Jones Racing: 920
5) Shane van Gisbergen - Stone Brothers Racing: 913
8 Will Davison - Ford Performance Racing: 813
10) Mark Winterbottom - Ford Performance Racing: 797
17) Paul Dumbrell - Ford Performance Racing: 524

2011 V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
TEAM POINTS AFTER RACE 11
1) Triple Eight: 2206 points
2) Stone Brothers Racing: 1738
3) Ford Performance Racing: 1610

MARK WINTERBOTTOM
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS | 2489
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION | 6TH
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