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26 | 07 | 2013 - TYRES THE TALE OF PRACTICE

Ford Pepsi Max Crew duo Will and Mark made the best of the limited practice tyres on offer in the two extended Friday practice sessions at Queensland Raceway.

Will ended the day seventh-fastest while Mark was 11th on a day where the team saved all its ?green? tyre allocation for the weekend?s qualifying and races.

The order of the field was also ju mbled due to drivers using a range of different tyre compounds and quality of rubber. 

The team?s Endurance Cup co-drivers also spent time in their respective cars in both sessions with Steve Richards (Mark) and Steve Owen (Will) continuing their preparations ahead of the first of the enduros at Sandown in September.


Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Ended the day: 11th  
?The car wasn?t too bad today considering tyres dictated the results. Our overall balance felt good and the grip level improved with each better set of tyres so if that stays the same we should be in pretty good shape. We have to wait for qualifying which will be the first even playing field so that is our first true test of the weekend. Aside from not seeing the true order I am happy with our day overall.?

Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Ended the day: 7th 
?We ran on softs all day but it was quite frustrating as all the sets were inconsistent which made it hard at times to get a read on the car. It was difficult to learn too much so I don?t think our performance was indicative of where we will be tomorrow. That said, I think we will actually be quite competitive. While our worst tyres on paper gave us the best lap times, we shouldn?t need too much tuning as the car should be quite competitive tomorrow.?

Tim Edwards ? FPR Team Principal: 
?We had a constructive day today. It was the second time in two weeks we?ve had all eight drivers together in the cars and discussing the set-up and development so we are logging vital preparation work ahead of the enduros while also working towards this weekend?s races. Tyres were quite mixed across the field so while it was hard to get a definitive read all the primary drivers were happy with their progress.? 
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