Albert Park: Caltex Racing Saturday report

INGALL IMPROVES AS LOWNDES PIPPED FOR PODIUM Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall continued to claw his way up the order during the second race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today. Ingall started today's 19-lap journey from...

INGALL IMPROVES AS LOWNDES PIPPED FOR PODIUM

Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall continued to claw his way up the order during the second race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne today.

Ingall started today's 19-lap journey from 15th position, six positions higher than his qualifying spot from Thursday.

The defending V8 Supercar champion, who has previously finished won eight races in the non-championship event at Albert Park, continued his rise up the order during today's race finishing just outside the top ten in 11th.

Ingall's Stone Brothers Racing team-mate James Courtney enjoyed an incident free day behind the wheel of his Caltex-lubricated Jeld-Wen Falcon moving through from the back of the grid to finish 17th in the 31-car field.

Caltex ambassador Craig Lowndes was engaged in a titanic four-way battle for the lead during the race aboard his Team Betta Electrical Falcon.

Lowndes led the way momentarily in the later part of the race before being pipped for the final podium position exiting the final turn.

V8 Supercar Championship leader, Jamie Whincup, was a big mover during today's race in his Caltex-backed Team Betta Electrical Falcon charging through the field from his 20th starting position to cross the line tenth.

Steven Richards won today's race ahead of Mark Skaife and Todd Kelly.

The final non-championship 10-lap race around the 5.303km circuit will be contested tomorrow morning at 11:50am.

What they had to say----.

RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING

"There were some small improvements with the Caltex Racing Falcon today but it's a slow process at the moment. We just don't quite have the pace.

"We are persisting with the testing and set up of the car and making refinements everyday. It's a long season and we are confident that we will have a strong unit as we progress in the Championship."

JAMES COURTNEY -- JELD-WEN MOTORSPORT

"I only just managed to avoid the incident between Lee Holdsworth and Rick Kelly in front of me on lap one so I was happy to get through there.

"We had some brake trouble throughout the race caused by debris that came through the ducts. That meant that I couldn't press on as much as I would have liked.

"We finished the race with a straight car so that's a good start. We'll make some changes tonight and see if we can get on top of it tomorrow."

CRAIG LOWNDES -- TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL

"We moved up a spot on the grid today after Jason Richards was penalised overnight," said Lowndes.

"I got a reasonable start and the car was very quick, but I started to lose brakes during my battle with Mark (Skaife) for the lead.

"On the last lap I lost drive in the final corner as did Skaife's car in front of me which then opened the door for Todd Kelly to pass me in the last 50 metres."

JAMIE WHINCUP -- TEAM BETTA ELECTRICAL

"I had a reasonably good run and even gained a spot of the start today," said Whincup.

"I pushed hard before the safety car came out but the track was quite dirty and I speared off, dropping two places in the process.

"We really used today's race as practice for the first reverse grid race in New Zealand and I was very pleased the results."

-cr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers James Courtney , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , Jamie Whincup , Todd Kelly , Steven Richards