AMBROSE EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose extended his lead in the V8 Supercar Championship Series after the opening race of round five at the Shangahi International Circuit in China today. Ambrose struggled a...
AMBROSE EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose extended his lead in the V8 Supercar Championship Series after the opening race of round five at the Shangahi International Circuit in China today.
Ambrose struggled a little with his Pirtek Falcon, but still managed to finish fifth after qualifying seventh and running as high as fourth.
Ambrose's SBR team mate Russell Ingall also battled to get into a groove on the new Shanghai circuit in his Caltex Falcon and eventually finished 13th -- the same position in which he qualified earlier in the day.
"It was not a bad result for us," said Ambrose.
"The car was not set-up perfectly, so to finish fifth was pleasing.
"I locked up the rears and ran wide which allowed Skaife through and then Craig (Lowndes) was too fast and he got away on me.
"We mucked around with the brakes a bit and I am sure we learnt enough to make the Pirtek Falcon faster tomorrow.
"When you are not in a position to win it is always important to finish and score the points that we did."
Ingall maintained second place in the championship behind Ambrose, although he lost 20 points to Steve Richards, who sits third in the title chase.
"It was not the best day at the office," said Ingall.
"We got a reasonable start and picked up a couple of spots, but that was about it.
"We will really have to look at things overnight and make some reasonably major changes to ensure we can improve our results tomorrow.
"The only thing we really took from the race was the fact that we know we have plenty of things to change."
There will be two 30-lap 140km races tomorrow.