Stone Brothers Racing Eastern Creek preview

The following is a detailed lap of the Eastern Creek circuit to be used as the venue for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend. Also find following thoughts, results and memorable moments relating to this venue from...

The following is a detailed lap of the Eastern Creek circuit to be used as the venue for the third round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series this weekend. Also find following thoughts, results and memorable moments relating to this venue from both Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall. Ambrose will be returning in his Pirtek Falcon for his third season with Stone Brothers Racing. Ingall is making his championship debut for SBR in the Caltex Havoline Ford after several seasons with Larry Perkins Racing.

THOUGHTS ON EASTERN CREEK....

MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING
Eastern Creek is a frustrating track because whenever you ever drive on it, it feels like you should be going the other way. All the corners over the back all have kinks before the entry, which makes it difficult to pass. While saying that, it is safe, wide and has good amenities for the fans and the teams, so I actually enjoy going there.

MOST MEMOR ABLE MOMENT
I was sitting on the grid for my first Formula Ford National Championship race, and only my second ever, and my father would not let me out on to the track until I had drunk two litres of water. As I was revving the engine on the grid all I could think about was going to the toilet. The car was vibrating a lot and was giving me the urge pretty badly. Thankfully I crashed after a handful of laps and could get out of the car and relieve myself. It was a twilight meeting, so I could go at the side of the track and no one could see me.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (After Round 2, 2003)
2003 Points standing: 13th (213 points)
Debut: 2001
Starts: 28
Poles: 8
Race wins: 4 (Last win -- Race 1, Clipsal 500, 2003)
Round wins: 2 - Sandown (2002); Hidden Valley (2001)

EASTERN CREEK RECORD
2002 -- Qualified 2nd; Race 1: 2nd; Race 2: 2nd; Race 3: 4th; Overall: 2nd
2001 -- Qualified 1st; Race 1: 13th; Race 2: 6th; Overall: 7th

THOUGHTS ON EASTERN CREEK....

RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX HAVOLINE RACING
Eastern Creek is a little bit like Phillip Island in that if you have a dog of a car it is not a nice place to be. Considering it is not one of my favourite circuits I always have reasonable results there. It is not a hard track to win on if you have the right toy to play with.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Tipping Wayne Gardner out in 1997 at turn four. He was actually pretty good in the stewards' hearing and did not try to nail me, so I guess I still owe him one. We were like two magnets in those days, but on that day he came off second best.

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (After Round 2, 2003)
2003 Points standing: =8th (279 points)
Debut: 1996
Starts: 84
Poles: 1
Race wins: 20 (Last Win -- Race 2, Canberra 2002)
Round wins: 8 - Winton (2001); Qld 500 (1999); Lakeside, Mallala, Hidden Valley (1998); Phillip Island, Winton (1997); Calder (1996)

EASTERN CREEK RECORD
2002 -- Qualified 7th; Race 1: 5th; Race 2: 29th; Race 3: 27th; Overall: 15th
2001 -- Qualified 11th; Race 1: 23rd; Race 2: 12th; Overall: 18th
2000 -- Qualified 4th; Race 1: 5th; Race 2: 4th; Race 3: 1st; Overall: 2nd
1999 -- Qualified 8th; Race 1: 9th; Race 2: 8th; Race 3: 5th; Overall: 5th
1998 -- NO RACE
1997 -- Qualified 9th; Race 1: 4th; Race 2: 5th; Race 3: 4th; Overall: 4th
1996 -- Qualified 11th; Race 1: 9th; Race 2: 3rd; Race 3: 8th; Overall: 7th

TRACK FACTS -- EASTERN CREEK
Venue: Eastern Creek Raceway, Sydney, NSW
2003 Race format: Top 10 Shootout (Saturday); 1 x 300km race with compulsory tyre and fuel stops (Sunday)
Circuit Length: 3.43km
Circuit Direction: Anti-clockwise
Average Speed: 154.2kph
Maximum Speed: 260-270kph
Qualifying Record: Mark Skaife (Holden Commodore, 1999) 1:30.6550
Lap Record: Mark Skaife (Holden Commodore, 1999) 1:31.7301
2002 Outright Results: Mark Skaife, Marcos Ambrose, Craig Lowndes

WEEKEND SCHEDULE

V8 SUPERCARS

Friday
2.30pm-3.05pm -- Practice session

Saturday
10.40am-11.15am -- Practice
2.00pm-2.20pm -- Qualifying (Lower 50%)
2.25pm-2.45pm -- Qualifying (Upper 50%)
4.25pm-4.55pm -- Shootout (Top Ten)

Sunday
10.00am-10.20am -- Warm-up
1.30pm-3.40pm Race (300km -- 77 Laps)

TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- May 4
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Round 2 V8 Supercar Championship Series

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Wayne Gardner , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Larry Perkins , Phillip Island