1: There are six drivers who can win the Championship going into the last round, the most since five remained in the hunt in 1999. Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall currently leads this year's championship on 1754 points from Craig Lowndes (1705), Marcos Ambrose (1688), Todd Kelly (1632) and Mark Skaife (1622).

2: Stone Brothers Racing goes to Phillip Island with the Team's Championship sewn up. With 3543 points to Holden Racing Team's 3119, they have a lead of 424 and as there are only 378 points available they cannot be beaten.

3: Caltex Racing's Russell Ingall is chasing his first V8 Supercar Championship title after being runner-up four times. Including last year to his SBR teammate Marcos Ambrose.

4: The event is the last, for the time being at least, Championship round for Marcos Ambrose and it is fitting that it will end where it all began. He made his Championship debut at Phillip Island back in 2001 in what was only his third race in a Touring Car. In his 64 starts to date he has been on Pole position 18 times and on the front row a total of 29 times (45.3%) and has had 14 round wins, eight second places and seven thirds for a total of 29 podiums (45.3%). He has managed at least one round win in each of the seasons he has competed and is the only driver to have managed that in the history of the Series. He will head to the US next month to prepare for a career in NASCAR.


Beating Craig Lowndes there in the wet in a VS Commodore in 1997 was a great day. This is a pretty tough place to win at and when you do, you tend to enjoy it.

Even though I have done a lot of laps around there I have had mixed results. It is one of the circuits where if the car is not right you are in for the biggest weekend of your life. It is certainly a place with big potential for a major accident if you get it wrong. I think Jason Bargwanna holds the record for one of the most spectacular accident there after 2002.

One of my favourite circuits, Phillip Island is fast and flowing and is one of the few tracks where the car actually feels suited to the circuit. We can use all our power and momentum, although the lack of gravel traps makes it a little daunting. One of the few tracks where it takes time to build your confidence to go as fast as possible. You need to take your time every time you go there.

I had a steering column snap going into turn one in a Formula Ford race in 1996. It was on the warm-up lap, thankfully it was not in the race. I managed to get it back to the pits, because it was hanging on by a thread, but I had to turn the wheel three times to get the wheels to move at all. As I got back to the pits the wheel snapped off completely in my hands. I guess you could say that was one of my luckiest days in racing. Jason Bright running me off the circuit in the wet there a couple of years ago was also an interesting experience