Winton: Round seven preview

Stone Brothers get on with the job at V8 Supercars in Winton Stone Brothers Racing has closed the chapter on the lowest moment of a lifetime of motor racing leading into this weekend's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at ...

Stone Brothers get on with the job at V8 Supercars in Winton

Stone Brothers Racing has closed the chapter on the lowest moment of a lifetime of motor racing leading into this weekend's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway in Victoria.

While still devastated by the fallout from a technical breach, team owners Ross and Jimmy Stone have erased the devastation from their minds as they push to extend current champion Marcos Ambrose's series lead.

Ambrose is the defending champion at Winton, one of the victories that pushed him to last year's championship series when he took it to the wire and the last round at Eastern Creek in Sydney. This weekend's action comes down to a single 300km race on Sunday following qualifying and the Top 10 Shootout tomorrow.

As it stands Ambrose has a 58-point lead from Steven Richards with Jason Bright, Rick Kelly and Greg Murphy chances of making up solid ground in Winton.

There won't be a word mentioned of the unintentional breach of a loose wire that resulted, initially, in a $10,000 fine and 192-point reduction -- reduced to a $5000 fine on appeal. There won't be a whisper from SBR, that is.

Ambrose, as always, will do his talking on the track. The current champion walked the same tightrope as his team through the appeals process and will now restart the campaign he announced prior to the last round of wiping away his opposition.

Again rival teams will be waiting for an Ambrose mistake. They thought that had happened following the Queensland race with the technical breach.

Castrol Perkin's Steven Richards said after the round and prior to the news that reverberated later that night: "To come away with a second to Marcos on his home circuit is just about the best you can get."

That all suddenly changed a few hours following the stewards decision to dock the points and Richards was back in the championship lead. Four days later he wasn't.

"We are just waiting for Marcos to get a cold, sneeze and we will just drive right by," Richards said prophetically."

Richards is not the only one prowling in pit lane. Youngster Rick Kelly is convined his Kmart Racing Team can win this championship. A strong performance in Winton will go a long way towards making that goal a reality.

And PWR Performance Products' Jason Bright is in the same boat. Once his car is exactly how he wants, Bright is clearly as talented behind the wheel as Ambrose.

Winton will bring with it the debut of a new car for Ford Performance Racing's Glenn Seton who has competed in all but the first championship event at the country Victorian track which is also the testing base for most Melbourne teams.

Orrcon Racing's Jason Bargwanna has had a reasonably strong season returns to one of his favorite tracks having won twice there in 1999 and 2000.

-avesco

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Rick Kelly , Jason Bargwanna , Glenn Seton , Steven Richards