AMBROSE CLAIMS SECOND POLE OF SEASON Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has taken his second pole in as many V8 Supercar events after a cracking lap at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney today. Ambrose was quickest in the morning practice and ...
AMBROSE CLAIMS SECOND POLE OF SEASON
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has taken his second pole in as many V8 Supercar events after a cracking lap at Oran Park Raceway in Sydney today.
Ambrose was quickest in the morning practice and qualifying before producing a terrific lap in the top 10 shootout in his Pirtek Falcon to claim the 18th pole of his 60-round career.
Ambrose's SBR team mate Russell Ingall put together the best qualifying effort of his career at Oran Park when he drove the Caltex Falcon into fifth position.
Ingall had qualified sixth at Oran Park four times previously, but today went one better.
Oran Park is the only Tran-Tasman circuit on which Ingall has raced since joining the V8 Supercar ranks in 1996 where he has not won outright or finished on the podium.
Ambrose, the current series leader and defending two-time champion, took today's pole from Rick Kelly, Mark Skaife and Craig Lowndes.
Tomorrow's schedule will include two 54-lap races with a compulsory tyre stop between laps five and 37.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..
"My shootout lap was not perfect so to still be on pole is very pleasing," said Ambrose.
"I lost a bit in the second sector, but managed to make it up over the last third of the lap.
"The car was pretty loose and I got wide on the final turn and just clipped the wall with my side mirror. Maybe I let the car drift a little too wide!
"Getting the pole is pretty important here, but a couple of 54-lap sprint races are going to make the tactical battle pretty interesting.
"I think we have to be a little more aggressive tomorrow than we were in the last 300km race at Queensland Raceway just because of the nature of sprint races.
"We won't be taking too many risks, but the safest place to be is out in front and hopefully we can get out there and maintain an advantage."
"The first sector of the shootout cost me, but the second two were pretty good," said Ingall.
"To be starting fifth on a track that has not been kind to me in the past is confidence building.
"There is no doubt that I have some unfinished business at Oran Park and to get it done this weekend would be pretty good timing in respect of the championship.
"There was a lot of dirt on the track and I think that is going to be an issue this weekend with the dirt that has been placed on the inside of the curbs to try and smooth them out.
"We made a few little changes before the shootout, but we probably went in the wrong direction
"Overall I think we have a pretty good race car and a good race package. It is just a matter of having a little luck on our side and getting the job done tomorrow."