Hidden Valley: SBR Friday report

SBR QUICK ON OLD TYRES Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose both had good car speed on old tyres in the opening practice session for this weekend's Sky City V8 Supercar event at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today. When...

SBR QUICK ON OLD TYRES

Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall and Marcos Ambrose both had good car speed on old tyres in the opening practice session for this weekend's Sky City V8 Supercar event at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway today.

When the chequered flag dropped to end the session Ingall was sixth in his Caltex Falcon while Ambrose was 14th in his Pirtek Ford.

The pair is looking for a solid result this weekend to maintain the top two spots in this year's championship battle.

"It's all good," said Ingall, who was the inaugural event winner in Darwin in 1998.

"The car was probably the most consistent out there, lap after lap on older tyres.

"We did not have to throw new rubber at it to stay in the top 50 per cent and that is encouraging. Not only that, we ended up sixth.

"I am looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying on new tyres and punching out some solid times.

Ambrose, who will be chasing his first Darwin pole tomorrow, is far from concerned, despite being outside the top 10 today.

"I think we are in reasonable shape," said Ambrose.

"There was a line of oil out there later in the session, but it did not affect my car too much.

"We ran on pretty old tyres and I think there will be a big gain on new rubber.

"We did a 9.4 (one minute and 9.4-second lap) here last year and I think we are capable of at least doing that again.

"It was definitely hot in the car, but not as bad has it has been here in the past.

Less than a second separated the top 26 cars today on the challenging 2.9km circuit.

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall