SBR Friday Winton practice report

SBR work on race set-up for Winton "mini enduro" Stone Brothers Racing elected to work on their race set-up for this weekend's unique 300km "mini enduro" at the tight and twisty Winton circuit during practice for round four of the V8 Supercar ...

SBR work on race set-up for Winton "mini enduro"

Stone Brothers Racing elected to work on their race set-up for this weekend's unique 300km "mini enduro" at the tight and twisty Winton circuit during practice for round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series today.

While not in the top 10, both Pirtek Falcon driver Marcos Ambrose (11th) and Caltex Havoline Ford driver Russell Ingall (15th) are not that far off the times of the day's pacesetters.

The pair will be back on track tomorrow with two practice sessions before the afternoon qualifying.

The day belonged to the "local" teams with the first six places being filled by drivers who regularly use Winton as their test track.

"The top 10 is a bit of a mixed bag when you look at it," said Ambrose.

"Some guys were on much better tyres than us and others have taken a step up.

"It would have been nice to be in the top 10, but there is no need to panic just yet."

Ingall, who is the leading Ford driver in the championship, was equally philosophical about today's results.

"I think this going to be an event which you need to be well prepared for," said Ingall.

"We worked on a lot of things during the session on some pretty old tyres.

"I might be in 15th, but I am less than a second off the quickest time and we were on pretty old rubber.

"I think 300km around here is going to be a terrific test."

PRACTICE TIMES
1: Paul Weel (Holden) 1:23.7866
2: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1:24.0959
3: John Bowe (Ford) 1:24.1541
4: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:24.1865
5: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:24.2099
6: Steve Richards (Holden) 1:24.2766
7: Steve Ellery (Ford) 1:24.3239
8: Greg Ritter (Ford) 1:24.3850
9: Paul Morris (Holden) 1:24.3923
10: Steve Johnson (Ford) 1:24.4001
11: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:24.4633
12: Todd Kelly (Holden) 1:24.5037
13: Paul Dumbrell (Holden) 1:24.5972
14: Mark Larkham (Ford) 1:24.6332
15: Russell Ingall (Ford) 1:24.7001

TRACK FACTS -- WINTON
Venue: Winton Motor Raceway, North-East Victoria
2003 Race format: Top 10 Shootout (Sunday); 1 x 300km race with compulsory tyre and fuel stops (Sunday)
Circuit Length: 3.00km
Circuit Direction: Clockwise
Average Speed: 129 km/h
Maximum Speed: 240 km/h (Pit Straight)

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

V8 SUPERCARS
Saturday
10.00am-10.35am -- Practice
12.25pm-1pm - Practice
3.05pm-3.25pm -- Qualifying (Lower 50%)
3.30pm-3.50pm -- Qualifying (Upper 50%)

Sunday
9.30am-9.50am -- Warm-up
11.20am-11.50am -- Top 10 Shootout
1.10pm-3.20pm Race (300km -- 100 Laps)

TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- May 25
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Round 4 V8 Supercar Championship Series

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Paul Weel , Mark Larkham , Paul Morris , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Paul Dumbrell , Greg Ritter , Steve Johnson , Steve Richards