Surfers Paradise: SBR Friday report

INGALL AND AMBROSE IN TOP 10 Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start fourth and seventh respectively for the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold...

INGALL AND AMBROSE IN TOP 10

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start fourth and seventh respectively for the opening race of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast tomorrow.

Ambrose was fourth after qualifying and despite clipping a wall on his top 10 shootout lap, was still the fastest Ford in the field.

Ingall also snicked a couple of walls in his shootout lap, which saw him drop a couple of places from his original qualifying spot of fifth.

Ingall now leads Ambrose in the championship by two points after the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst two weeks ago.

Greg Murphy has taken pole for tomorrow's opening race ahead of fellow Holden drivers Todd Kelly and Mark Skaife.

There will be two races on Sunday for the first time.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK FALCON
"My shootout lap was not the best," said Ambrose. "I gave the wall a bit of a scrap coming out of ANA Corner and that probably cost me a 10th, not enough to close the gap on Greg (Murphy).

"This is a demanding place and car preservation is going to be a big issue over the weekend.

"One of the big issues this weekend will be the pit lane speed difference between the V8 and Champ Car pit lanes.

"You have to do 40kph in the V8 pit lane and then are allowed to do 100kph in the Champ Car area -- 99 per cent of the time you are watching your dash and about one per cent of the time where you are going.

"There is no doubt that people are going to get pinged this weekend for pit lane speed violations.

"We just need to get out there and get into a bit of a groove and take it from there."

RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX FALCON
"My shootout lap was pretty scrappy," said Ingall. "We just need to put that behind us now and get on with the show.

"This is a pretty tough race track, so you need to ensure that you stay out of trouble and are around after mid-race distance with plenty of brakes and tyres left.

"We now lead the championship so we won't be doing anything stupid, but at the same time we are out there to race."

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Todd Kelly