AMBROSE MAKES IT FIVE FROM FIVE Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose completed an amazing feat today when he claimed his fifth pole position in as many V8 Supercar starts at Queensland Raceway. Ambrose took the first pole at the Ipswich...
AMBROSE MAKES IT FIVE FROM FIVE
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose completed an amazing feat today when he claimed his fifth pole position in as many V8 Supercar starts at Queensland Raceway.
Ambrose took the first pole at the Ipswich venue in his rookie season in his Pirtek Falcon in 2001 and has dominated qualifying every year since.
Ambrose has won the last two championships and is currently leads this year's series, which he is hoping to win before heading to the US next year to continue his career in NASCAR.
It was a big day for Stone Brothers Racing with Ambrose's teammate Russell Ingall putting together one of his best top 10 shootout performances to be third in his Caltex Falcon.
It will be Ingall's best starting position of the season and his best at Queensland Raceway since starting second in the Queensland 300 endurance race in 2000.
Ingall has also had his fair share of success at Queensland Raceway having only finished outside the top five once since 1999, including wins in the opening year and 2003.
Ambrose was fastest in qualifying and then put together a very fast flyer in the shootout to edge out Craig Lowndes, Ingall, Todd Kelly and Steve Richards.
Toady's pole was Ambrose's 17th in 58 rounds starts.
There will be a warm-up tomorrow morning before a 90-lap race around the 3.121km circuit.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..
"I think claiming our fifth pole in five years is something myself and the whole Pirtek Racing operation can be proud of," said Ambrose.
"I think this is also the first time we have had all Fords in the top three, so I will probably sleep a little easier tonight knowing I don't have as many Holdens around me at the start of the race.
"The car was nice yesterday on old tyres and it was great to convert that today.
"I thought I had blown it at turn three in the shootout because I braked too late and then to roll out of it. I got on the gas early and ran wide on the exit. Thankfully I managed to gather it up and still put a time together.
"I had a steering problem early in qualifying, but it seemed to go away as the session went on. We will check that overnight."
"I am actually pretty happy to be sitting here (in the press conference) with the two kings of this format (top 10 shootout)," said Ingall.
"This is a part of my game in which I have struggled and to be here is pretty pleasing.
"The shootout has always been the toughest part of the weekend for me, so to be on the second row of the grid puts us in a pretty good position for tomorrow.
"The car is great at race pace, which is important because 90 laps around here is going to be along way."
"Everything is positive in the team and that is important because we are now in a position where we have to go for wins if we are going to win the title.