15 | 02 | 2014 - SOGGY START DOESN'T DROWN SPIRITS
Ford Pepsi Max Crew endured changeable conditions in its first on track hit-out of the year after rain made any meaningful running difficult in the season-opening group test at Sydney Motorsport Park.
New boy Chaz Mostert joined Frosty for the opening test day of the season and despite working for the team since late-2011 it was his first full day in a main game FPR Ford.
Despite the wet he made the most of acclimatising to his new car and also proved one of the popular drivers during the day?s traditional lunchtime fan session.
Mark, like much of the field, was frustrated by his limited amount of available tyres but was pleased to get back behind the wheel and debut his new-look factory Ford to the thousands of fans that braved the weather.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford
"I didn?t really get much out of today to be honest. It was good to get my mind back into the game and show off the new car and I was working with my new engineer for the first time which meant the day was productive. Though with the amount of rain hitting the windscreen for much of the day it made it hard to push too much. We didn?t get a great dry run in but we have an understanding of some of our new bits and while it wasn?t a great day I am pretty sure we weren?t the only ones."
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford
"It was a pretty tough day with the weather but the conditions were the same for all of us. Other than the rain it was good to learn the car and the team which was the main goal for the day anyway. The car felt pretty comfortable and apart from a few homely touches, which we will make back at the workshop, I feel reading and raring to go for Clipsal."