BOTH SBR CARS FINISH IN TOP FOUR Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall both finished in the top four in the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich today. Ambrose finished second in...
BOTH SBR CARS FINISH IN TOP FOUR
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall both finished in the top four in the seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich today.
Ambrose finished second in his Pirtek Falcon to fellow Ford driver Craig Lowndes while Ingall was fourth in his Caltex Ford behind Garth Tander and ahead of Steve Richards.
Ambrose's efforts helped him extend his lead in the championship to 105 points from Richards, while Ingall sits another 10 points back in third.
Ingall's efforts kept his impressive Queensland Raceway record intact with only one finish outside the top five in nine appearances since 1999 (including wins in the first year and 2003).
Both Ambrose and Ingall pitted for tyres during the first safety car period on lap 14 after Greg Ritter stopped out on the main straight.
Both cars took four tyres, while Lowndes and several other drivers elected to only take two. With many deciding to change only the left-hand side Ambrose lost track position.
Ingall had the double disadvantage of having to wait for Ambrose's stop and then changing all four tyres himself.
Ingall then stopped again on lap 33 for 16.5 seconds of fuel in an effort to put him out of sequence. After all drivers had pitted twice Ingall was 11th and managed to fight back to fourth.
Most drivers, including Ambrose pitted on lap 44 under safety car conditions, after a massive accident on the exit of turn three which destroyed the Holden of Jason Richards. Ironically Richard's car was launched off the same kerb that destroyed the Porsche of Cameron McLean in a Carrera Cup race yesterday.
Today's win by Lowndes in his SBR-powered Betta Electrical Triple Eight Falcon, ended a three-year reign by SBR cars at Queensland Raceway.
The next round of the championship will be at Oran Park in Sydney on August 12-14.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.
"This was a great day for Pirtek Racing and SBR," said Ambrose.
"The decision to change four tyres instead of two was a championship decision.
"We were not sure if two tyres would be enough so we were conservative.
"That cost us track position, but I am not sure if we would have had to pace to match Craig (Lowndes) anyway.
"The track seemed to change a little after our tyre change and it definitely got greasy at turns three and six.
"I guess if you are going to be beaten then I want to be beaten by a Ford and a Ford using a Stone Brothers Racing engine is even better."
"You should not be disappointed finishing fourth, but I thought we had a better car than that today," said Ingall.
"We certainly battled at different stages of the race and the pace cars did not fall for us.
"Towards the end it was like driving around on egg shells so I guess I am happy that we got the car home in fourth and picked up the points we did.
"I closed the gap a little on (Garth) Tander in the last few laps and could have had a crack at him, but it was not worth the risk.
"The important thing is that we are still in the championship hunt and there are still six rounds remaining."