Symmons Plains: SBR Friday report

BOTH SBR CARS STRUGGLE IN TASSIE Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall struggled in the opening practice for this weekend's Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania today -- the 12th and penultimate...

BOTH SBR CARS STRUGGLE IN TASSIE

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall struggled in the opening practice for this weekend's Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania today -- the 12th and penultimate round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

When the rain-interrupted two-hour practice session ended Ambrose was in 12th position in his Pirtek Falcon while Ingall was 15th in his Caltex Ford.

Neither driver had the chance to make use of some "greener" tyres and both struggled to find the right set-up for their Falcons.

Ingall leads this year's championship by 66 points from Ambrose with two rounds remaining.

Steve Richards was fastest today ahead of Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes, Jason Bright and Garth Tander.

MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING

"I don't think we showed our potential today," said Ambrose.

"This is a tricky track to get a good lap from.

"There were parts I was comfortable with, but other bits got away from us.

"We did not get to use a good set of tyres early enough and then the rain came.

"I had a few offs during the session, the worst of those was at the end of the back straight.

"I am sure there will be a few more opportunities for the Pirtek team tomorrow."

RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING

"We have a bit of work to do," said Ingall.

"That is the first time this year that we have been on 'Struggle Street'.

"I guess you can't be quick everywhere, but this is probably not the right time.

"Obviously we missed a big bit of the set-up and we need to get it back.

"I am sure it can be fixed, but now we only have qualifying to chase it.

"There is no doubt that we went in the wrong direction today.

"We put a fresher set of tyres on just as the rain came and that probably kept us outside of the top 10.

"There is no need to panic just yet."

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Russell Ingall , Rick Kelly , Steve Richards