Ford Pepsi Max Crew will save its new tyre runs until Saturday morning practice after a day spent working on race set-up meant none of the team’s four drivers factored in the top tier of the time sheets at Sydney Olympic Park.
Chaz found the going tough early and made an error on his final fast run though believes there is a lot more pace to come as he finished 17th.
Frosty ended the day only 25th but the position did not tell the whole story.
He chose to abort his final run after encountering traffic which meant he was unable to sufficiently warm his tyre set. Despite the minor setback he was quite impressed with the improvement made across the day.
Mark Winterbottom - #5 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 25th
“In the last session we made the car a lot better. We fixed our braking issues from earlier in the day but that meant we effectively started the final session from square one. Despite that I was the most comfortable I’ve been with my braking for the last five months so we had a good gain. Even though I fried the tyres early and then didn’t get to set my lap at the end I think we ended the day well.”
Chaz Mostert - #6 Pepsi Max FPR Ford: 17th
“There was a lot of rubbing the wall here today but thankfully we didn’t have too much damage. It is such a tough track and you have to push the limits. Our one lap pace was not where it needed to be compared to the cars ahead of us so we need to do a bit of work on that overnight. We will be ok with a tank of fuel and in race trim but we’ve got our work cut out for us tonight trying to find gains for qualifying.”
Tim Edwards – Team Principal
“I think we all forget, or choose to forget, just how tough this track is. Today was an issue-free day but there are so many variables that come into play at Sydney Olympic Park so while we made gains, there are still areas to improve ahead of qualifying tomorrow.”
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Cameron Waters’ pursuit of second place in the development series took a positive step with the FPR junior driver topping the times after Friday’s two practice sessions for the Sydney 500. Waters pipped the new series champion Paul Dumbrell to lead heading into Saturday qualifying.