SBR Winton race report

Marcos Ambrose goes back to back at Winton Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose recorded the first back-to-back round win of his V8 Supercar career when he won round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Motor Raceway in ...

Marcos Ambrose goes back to back at Winton

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose recorded the first back-to-back round win of his V8 Supercar career when he won round four of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Motor Raceway in North-East Victoria today.

Ambrose's SBR teammate Russell Ingall also produced a fantastic fourth place result in his Caltex Havoline Falcon after an early pit stop problem with a wheel nut cost him an extra 17 seconds and a lot of track position.

The result means that Ingall and Ambrose now sit third and fourth in the championship respectively and are the only two Ford drivers in the top seven.

Ambrose took pole for the race in the morning top 10 shootout in his Pirtek Falcon and made the most of it by taking the lead from the opening lap.

SBR elected a different pit strategy to a couple of other front runners after an early safety car period and Ambrose was seven spots behind leader Jason Bright after his first stop.

Ambrose had raced through to third by the time every team had made its two compulsory stops for fuel and tyres.

Ambrose passed Craig Lowndes on lap 59 of the 100-lap encounter and eight laps later he got by Jason Bright to regain the lead -- which he never lost.

The morning's pole was Ambrose's 10th from 30 championship starts and the victory was his sixth race and fourth round win. The result was also the first back-to-back win by a Ford driver since John Bowe did it in his championship season in 1995.

"I guess you could say we did it the hard way, but we did it," said Ambrose.

"Our strategy was not the best, but we just knuckled down and got on with the job.

"The Pirtek Falcon was faultless -- just brilliant.

"That was really a championship effort today -- it has put us back in the race and given us a real sniff."

Ambrose only had one "heart in the mouth" incident when he passed Max Wilson on lap 50, which resulted in his fellow Ford driver spinning.

"I went up the inside of Max and I could see his eyes when I looked across at him," said Ambrose.

"I felt pretty comfortable that I had not done anything illegal."

Ingall showed the dogged tenacity he has become renowned for and went from 11th to fourth between laps 67 and 97.

"It was a pretty tough day at the office," said Ingall.

"The pit stop drama was very unfortunate because we were looking pretty good.

"The car was a rocket towards the end -- it is probably the pity the race was not a couple of laps longer because we could have been on the podium again.

"It was good to score the points we did, but in future I would prefer to get them a little easier.

"To have both BAs in the top four of the championship at this stage is pretty encouraging.

"Bring on Perth."

Todd Kelly, Rodney Forbes and Craig Baird were all excluded from the race because they were forced to pit for an illegal "splash and dash" for fuel towards the end of the race.

* The next round of the championship will be held at Barbagallo Raceway on June 6-8.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Craig Baird , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Rodney Forbes , Todd Kelly