Eastern Creek: Friday practice report

Ingall and Skaife Fastest at Eastern Creek April 2 2004 -- V8 Supercar combatants Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall sat side by side at Eastern Creek today as the fastest in practice for this weekend's championship series race. Ingall and ...

Ingall and Skaife Fastest at Eastern Creek

April 2 2004 -- V8 Supercar combatants Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall sat side by side at Eastern Creek today as the fastest in practice for this weekend's championship series race.

Ingall and Skaife, whose run-in on the same track last year created worldwide headlines, did not mingle on the track but later spoke of their afternoons out on the opening day of the Eastern Creek event which gets a lot more serious tomorrow.

Ingall's Ford was the fastest in practice from Skaife, Jason Bright, Steven Richards and John Bowe. Paul Morris continued his good early season with the sixth fastest time in front of David Besnard, current champion Marcos Ambrose, Paul Radisich and Simon Wills.

"Not a bad day. We had a really good run and in the end it was a productive session," Ingall said. "Our grand plan for this year is to finish every race in the top six. I can't afford to lose it this weekend."

Skaife was confident that early problems with the HRT were being ironed out and that he would challenge the field this weekend.

"It's encouraging to be that far up. The car is nowhere good enough yet," Skaife said.

"I'm not happy yet with how it is. That's not really a complaint, just that we know we've got room to improve."

John Bowe has once again managed to squeeze the potential out of his OzEmail Falcon setting the 5th fastest time of the day.

"I've got a car that has fantastic brakes and a reasonably good set up. The feel of it especially the engine, was definitely better than last year. All in all, it was a enjoyable car to drive," Bowe said.

"The extra power that we seem to have is wasted because I can't get the best entry speed onto the straight. We need to fix the 'power down' out of the corners but other than that, I'm pretty happy."

<pre> Top Ten Practice Times:

1.  Russell Ingall      Caltex Havoline Ford Falcon             1:32.545
2.  Mark Skaife         Holden Racing Team Commodore            1:32.929
3.  Jason Bright        PWR Holden Commodore                    1:32.952
4.  Steven Richards     Castrol Perkins Holden Commodore        1:33.060
5.  John Bowe           OzEmail Racing Ford Falcon              1:33.279
6.  Paul Morris         Sirromet Wines Holden Commodore         1:33.367
7.  David Besnard       WPS Ford Falcon                         1:33.382
8.  Marcos Ambrose      Pirtek Ford Falcon                      1:33.395
9.  Paul Radisich       Betta Electrical Ford Falcon            1:33.434
10. Simon Wills         Team Dynamic Holden Commodore           1:33.504

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Paul Morris , Paul Radisich , John Bowe , Simon Wills , Steven Richards
Teams Holden Racing Team