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Seton Set To Turn Things Around At Eastern Creek
Ford Credit Racing’s Glenn Seton is confident that a disappointing start to the 2002 V8 Supercar Championship is now behind him as he heads to the third round at Sydney’s Eastern Creek from April 26 – 28.
Seton has endured a car crunching accident at the opening round in Adelaide and a career-low qualifying performance (27th) at a rain-soaked Phillip Island.
However, it was the Ford Credit Racing driver’s pace in the two 150-kilometre races at Phillip Island that has the team confident of a return to the leading pack at Eastern Creek.
"We went from 27th on the grid to take 11th in the opening race, with eighth place in the day’s second event, which also gave us eighth overall," said Seton.
"Up until the actual races we had been struggling with the new Dunlop control tyre, but after two solid 150-kilometre race runs, we feel that we’ve turned the corner".
"Key to finding better handling on the Falcon has been the re-acquisition of 1988 Australian Rally Champion and renown suspension specialist Murray Coote.
"An integral member of the team over the years, Coote’s presence and knowledge is sure to bring further gains from Eastern Creek onwards".
Due to qualifying 27th at Phillip Island, Seton will be amongst a star-studded line-up taking part in pre-qualifying on Friday at Eastern Creek
Amongst the 13 drivers having to pre-qualify for seven spots are other Ford stars Greg Ritter (Shell Helix Racing), Brad Jones (OzEmail Race Team), Mark Larkham (Orrcon Racing), Neil Crompton (00 Motorsport), Cameron McLean (VIP Pet Foods Racing) and Wayne Gardner (Caltex Havoline Racing).
"You also add in the Calder round winner of last year Paul Morris and you’ve already got a situation where a star driver will miss the weekend’s action," Seton said.
"In saying that, fellow Ford driver Paul Radisich had to pre-qualifying at Phillip Island. He not only qualified sixth he also finished third overall.
"Our team’s history at Eastern Creek is very good, with round wins in my championship years of 1993 and ’97, as well as two cars on the second row in last year's top-10 shootout.
"Last year I actually led from former team mate Steven Richards, but got caught out when a safety car meant we had to delay making our compulsory tyre stop. Under the rules of racing in 2002, that type of situation has been avoided.
As well as the two 150-kilometre races on Sunday, there will be an additional 50-kilometre race without pit stops just after 5pm on Saturday.
Details for Round Three of the 2002 V8 Supercar Series:
Top-10 Shootout Saturday 27 April - 3.30pm
Race 1 (13 laps – 51.09km) Saturday 27 April - 5.05pm
Race 2 (39 laps – 153.27km) Sunday 28 April - 11.15am
Race 3 (39 laps – 153.27km) Sunday 28 April - 2.45pm
Circuit: Eastern Creek, New South Wales
Lap Record: Qualifying - 1m.31.3941s (Murphy 2001) Shootout – 1m.30.8955s (Ambrose 2001) Race -1m.31.7301s (Skaife 2000)
Estimated top speed: 265 km/h – Pit Straight
Estimated average speed: 147 km/h
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