Ford Pepsi Max Crew?s Mark Winterbottom has ended the opening day of running in the season-ending Sydney 500 third after a mixed day of action which saw most drivers struggle early on the low-grip surface.
Mark was joined in the top 10 by team-mate and fellow title chance Will who finished sixth but was happy with his progression across the three 30-minute sessions.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Ended the day: 3rd
?At the end the car was quite good but I struggled a bit at the start of the day. We are obviously up the front somewhere so if we can tweak it up and qualify well we will be able to apply some pressure. The plan for tomorrow is to try and win. It is a tough track to even finish a race at so we will try and attack and see where we end up at the end of the race.?
Will Davison - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford:
Ended the day: 6th
?Overall I definitely need to find some time as we started pretty good but as more grip went down we fell away. I finished sixth with a car I am not that happy with so that shows that we are strong here as to be so high with an uncooperative car is a bonus. I feel pretty confident for tomorrow but at the moment the new car is proving trickier around here than what we?ve experienced here in previous years.?
Tim Edwards ? FPR Team Principal:
?We didn?t quite get the grip level we expected early but the guys? tuned up the cars and by day?s end things had improved. Friday around here is always a bit of a hard one to read but our green pace at the end was pretty good and we have a decent amount of data to review before qualifying.?