Marcos Ambrose claims third consecutive pole. Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose claimed his third consecutive pole position for the year after winning today's Top 15 Shootout at the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway, near ...
Marcos Ambrose claims third consecutive pole.
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose claimed his third consecutive pole position for the year after winning today's Top 15 Shootout at the VIP Petfoods Queensland 500 at Queensland Raceway, near Ipswich.
His teammate David Besnard completed a strong day for SBR by qualifying his Caltex Havoline Falcon on the second row of the grid for the ninth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
The last driver in the shootout after setting the fastest time in the earlier qualifying session, Ambrose clocked a time of one minute and 10.8726 seconds in a "heart in the mouth" lap around his home test track in his Pirtek Ford.
The Holden Racing Team's Jason Bright was second fastest with a 1:10.917 lap, while John Bowe clocked a time of 1:11.105 in the OzEmail Ford he will share with Brad Jones in tomorrow's 500km endurance race.
Today's pole took Ambrose's 2002 tally to four including the past two at Winton and Oran Park and an earlier effort at Darwin's Hidden Valley - he also claimed pole in the Queensland 500 last year.
"I thought the SBR cars would be good enough to be on the front row and that proved to be the case," said Ambrose. "I hoped the track conditions had not changed too much since qualifying and I just rolled the dice. "We got a call through after David's (Besnard) lap about some understeer he had so I adjusted the bars a little more and just went for it. It made the difference and showed some foresight from the team. "The Ford fans have been hungry for a win for a long time and I am hoping we can give them something to cheer about tomorrow. "Paul (Weel) has done a great job this weekend and I think we will have a strong combination tomorrow."
Besnard was obviously disappointed not to be on the front-row, but knows tomorrow's race is a long way a 500km distance he will share with Simon Wills.
"We had a car quick enough to be on the front row, but a little understeer cost us," said Besnard in the post-shootout media conference. "I am disappointed not to be on pole after the lead up we have had in the last couple of days, but I guess this is where I say 'tomorrow is a long race and it doesn't matter where you start from'.
"I think both SBR cars will be fast tomorrow and will make a very good combination.
"Simon (Wills) has done a very solid job and I think we both know what we need to do tomorrow to get the Caltex Havoline Ford home in first place."
TOP 15 SHOOTOUT
1: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:10.8726
2: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:10.9174
3: John Bowe (Ford) 1:11.1053
4: David Besnard (Ford) 1:11.1886
5: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1:11.3777
6: Max Wilson (Ford) 1:11.3900
7: Rick Kelly (Holden) 1:11.4080
8: Russell Ingall (Holden) 1:11.4485
9: Larry Perkins (Holden) 1:11.8369
10: Craig Baird (Holden) 1:11.9253
11: Mark Larkham (Ford) 1:11.9604
12: Matthew White (Ford) 1:11.9950
13: Andy Priaulx (Holden) 1:12.0921
14: Steve Ellery (Ford) 1:12.3594
15: Glenn Seton (Ford) 1:13.0188
OFFICIAL QUALIFYING ROUND 9
1: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:10.7937
2: David Besnard (Ford) 1:10.8019
3: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:10.9181
4: Max Wilson (Ford) 1:10.9680
5: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1:11.0039
6: John Bowe (Ford) 1:11.0527
7: Rick Kelly (Holden) 1:11.1974
8: Craig Baird (Holden) 1:11.2306
9: Andy Priaulx (Holden) 1:11.2855
10: Matthew White (Ford) 1:11.3047
11: Larry Perkins (Holden) 1:11.3624
12: Russell Ingall (Holden) 1:11.3927
13: Steve Ellery (Ford) 1:11.4224
14: Glenn Seton (Ford) 1:11.4441
15: Mark Larkham (Ford) 1:11.4686
V8 SUPERCAR CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER 8 ROUNDS
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1775
2: Jason Bright (Holden) 1096
3: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1002
4: Todd Kelly (Holden) 946
5: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 941
6: Steve Richards (Holden) 791
7: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 722
8: Garth Tander (Holden) 643
9:David Besnard (Ford) 619
10: Russell Ingall (Holden) 556
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15:
Race: 1pm (161 laps)
* Network Ten will televise this weekend's race from Noon to 5pm on Sunday