Wednesday 03/06/2009 12:05
Author: Briar Gunther | Source: BigPond Sport - copyright
Jason Bright and his Fujitsu Racing outfit will run an FG Falcon for the first time at the Dunlop Townsville 400.
Bright will run his Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) BF Falcon at the Skycity Triple Crown in Darwin in a fortnight before moving into an SBR-prepared FG.
“The FG’s probably a little bit better than the BF,” Bright said.
“I think we’ll see a fairer game when we go to the FG.”
Bright jumped into SBR driver Shane Van Gisbergen’s #9 FG Falcon at a recent test day and was satisfied with the results.
“I was quicker in his car than what I was in my own car, which shouldn’t happen, so I think that there’s certainly potential that we will get a pretty big jump when we move into the FG,” he said.
Bright predicted the car would be quick straight out of the box.
“The Stone Brothers guys have had four rounds now to have a play with it, so we should be able to put (the setup) Shane’s running in at the moment and go pretty well straight away,” he said.
At the Falken Tasmania Challenge held at Symmons Plains Raceway last weekend, Bright had his best finish of the 2009 Championship so far with seventh in the 200-kilometre race on Sunday.
“We certainly made the right call in that race as far as starting on soft tyres,” Bright noted.
“We probably had more pace on the soft tyre compared to other people on the soft tyre than what we did on the hard tyre compared to everyone else on the hard tyre, so the soft tyre probably worked better for us than how the hard tyre worked for us.
“I messed up the start. I stalled twice, so we were pretty much last going into the first corner, so certainly needed pretty good pace to be able to work our way up.”
Bright said the top 10 result was definitely what the team needed.
“We’ve had a pretty tough start to the year, whether from mistakes from me or different car problems that we’ve had,” he said.
“It hasn’t done much for our momentum, so a result like this is golden.”
Bright said running the BF at Darwin would make his job that little bit harder.
“It’s good to still be learning a lot more about the Stone Brothers setup and we probably made up more ground (at Symmons Plains) than what we’ve ever made before.
“Still, it is so hard. I qualified 18th for both races and we weren’t going to get any more out of it.
“It’s consistently been that half a second per minute that we’re missing at the moment.
“At Winton it’s 0.7 and Tasmania it’s 0.4 or 0.5 (of a second per lap) so we’ve got to hope that the FG’s going to give us that little gap back. I think it will.”