BOTH SBR CARS IN TOP FIVE AT SANDOWN Both Stone Brothers Racing Falcons have qualified in the top five for tomorrow's Betta Electrical 500 at the Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne. Russell Ingall has qualified the Caltex Falcon in ...
BOTH SBR CARS IN TOP FIVE AT SANDOWN
Both Stone Brothers Racing Falcons have qualified in the top five for tomorrow's Betta Electrical 500 at the Sandown International Raceway in Melbourne.
Russell Ingall has qualified the Caltex Falcon in fourth place, while his SBR team-mate Marcos Ambrose will start fifth in the Pirtek Ford.
Ingall, who was sixth in the earlier qualifying session, looked to be on target for pole after the first two sectors of his top 10 shootout lap, but had some problems on the run to the line and eventually had to settle for a start from row two.
He will start tomorrow's race with talented young Porsche Carrera Cup driver Luke Youlden in the 161-lap enduro.
Youlden drove in two Carrera Cup races today, but did not get a run in the Caltex Falcon with just a 30-minute combined qualifying session and the top 10 shootout on the schedule.
Ambrose was fastest in qualifying which was run in drying conditions, but just could not extract enough heat from his Dunlop tyres on his shootout flyer.
Ambrose shares the Pirtek Falcon with regular HPDC Development Series driver Warren Luff, who also spent the say watching on from the sidelines because of the limited track time.
Holden driver Garth Tander took today's pole from Ford's Craig Lowndes and Holden's Greg Murphy.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..
RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING
"It was pleasing to make up a couple of spots in the shootout, but I think we really had a good shot at the pole," said Ingall.
"The first two sectors were spot on, but I messed up the run home and it cost me.
"I would have taken the publicity for Caltex and Ford today, but tomorrow is when it counts.
"It has been said many times before, but 500km is a long way around this place and there will be so many variables during the race.
"I have no doubts that Luke (Youlden) will do the job as my co-driver and I am sure that if we keep our heads down we can really be in the mix at the end of the race.
"We finished second last year after qualifying 15th, so we are actually in much better shape than we were on the Saturday in 2004."
MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING
"There is not much I can say really, it was a pretty scrappy lap," said Ambrose.
"I did not get enough heat into my tyres on the warm-up lap.
"I played with the bars and things through the lap to try and give me a bit more grip, but it didn't come.
"Today was not about championship points, but about rewarding the team and the fans and I am disappointed for them.
"We don't have any excuses. We will put the lap behind us and get on with the job tomorrow, which is going to be a long day.
"I have a great co-driver in Warren Luff and I am sure we can be a contender for the race."
SBR cars finished 1-2 in last year's race with Ambrose and Greg Ritter leading home Ingall and Cameron McLean.