David Besnard Finishes in Top 10 In Opening V8 Supercar Support Stone Brothers Racing faced mixed results in the opening Netscape V8 Supercar Showdown race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne today. David Besnard...
David Besnard Finishes in Top 10 In Opening V8 Supercar Support
Stone Brothers Racing faced mixed results in the opening Netscape V8 Supercar Showdown race at the Foster's Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne today.
David Besnard finished a strong ninth in the Caltex Havoline Ford while Marcos Ambrose fought back to finish 13th in the Pirtek Falcon after an opening lap spin.
Ambrose and Besnard, both now living on the Gold Coast, started seventh and ninth respectively and went side-by-side into the first corner Besnard coming out in front.
Ambrose spun at turn 14 and actually tapped Besnard as a result before coming together with Larry Perkins and turning both of them around.
The field closed up after a safety car was released on to the circuit after Holden Young Lion Rick Kelly spun into a gravel trap at turn 12.
Besnard was 10th at the restart, but jumped a spot when he passed his former Bathurst teammate Tony Longhurst a lap later.
"I guess the race was in two parts for me," said the Sydney-raised Besnard. "I was a bit tense in the car after the opening lap, but the safety car period gave me the chance to settle down a little and get on with the job. "I got a good start and the car was pretty good for most of the race. "It would be nice to get another strong start tomorrow and have the opportunity to build on it.
Ambrose fell back as far as 20th after his first lap spin, but was up to 18th when the safety car came out.
"I made a mistake on the second-last turn and spun and that was basically my race," said Ambrose, who grew up in Tasmania. "I had to watch everyone go by me and then try and make my way through the field. It was just a matter of keeping my nose clean and making sure I finished without any more damage with races tomorrow and Sunday. "I am determined to make a strong start tomorrow and motor on to a reasonable result."
The Holden Racing Team's Jason Bright, who was given his first major break in V8 Supercars by Stone Brothers Racing, led the race from the pole and led Steven Johnson and Russell Ingall to the line.
Tomorrow's second 12-lap race starts at 2.55pm.
RESULTS NETSCAPE V8 SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN RACE 1
1: Jason Bright
2: Steve Johnson
3: Russell Ingall
4: Paul Radisich
5: Mark Skaife
6: Steve Richards
7: Greg Murphy
8: Garth Tander
9: David Besnard
10: Steve Ellery
11: Paul Weel
12: Craig Lowndes
13: Marcos Ambrose
14: Todd Kelly
15: Glenn Seton
FACTS & FIGURES AGP V8 SUPERCAR SUPPORT RACES
Race One (10 laps - 53 km) Friday 1 March 3.10pm
Race Two (12 laps -- 463.6 km) Saturday 2 March 2.25pm
Race Three (10 laps - 53 km) Sunday 3 March 10.35am
Circuit: Albert Park - Melbourne
Estimated top speed: 250 km/h - Pit Straight
Estimated average speed: 158 km/h
Channel 9 will be showing V8 Supercar races live as part of their Formula 1 coverage throughout Australia at the weekend.
Saturday: 13.30pm-3.30pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Sunday: 10.30am-4.30pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
* An hour earlier in Queensland Please check your local guides
Network Ten will be providing a thorough coverage of the V8 Supercars and F1 each night in their regular news and Sports Tonight programs Please check your local guides
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