Albert Park: SBR race three report

Both SBR Cars in The Top 10 in Final GP Race Stone Brothers Racing finished with both its cars in the top 10 in the final race of the Netspace V8 Supercar Challenge at the Foster's Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne ...

Both SBR Cars in The Top 10 in Final GP Race

Stone Brothers Racing finished with both its cars in the top 10 in the final race of the Netspace V8 Supercar Challenge at the Foster's Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne today.

Marcos Ambrose, the defending V8 Supercar champion, produced a storming drive in his Pirtek Falcon to finish sixth after starting from 25th position due to his non-finish yesterday.

Russell Ingall ran the race on older tyres, but still managed to progress three places and finished 10th in his Caltex Havoline Ford.

Ambrose is quietly confident heading into the opening round of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series in Adelaide in two weeks time.

"I think there were some great signs for us today, especially with Adelaide just a couple of weeks away," said Ambrose.

"It would have been easy to start from pit lane or park our car early like some others, but we were there to race.

"It has been a long time since we have had to come from the back, but I really enjoyed myself.

"I think we learnt a lot over the course of the weekend and that we will be better for the knowledge when we arrive in South Australia in 10 days time."

Ingall managed to jump from 13th to 10th on the opening lap and was as high as seventh when he got a tap from Todd Kelly on lap seven which caused him to loose a couple of places.

He slipped back to 10th when he let a charging Ambrose through on lap nine.

"We ran the last race on older tyres, because there was not much chance of winning the race from where we were starting," said Ingall.

"We battled through and managed to keep the car straight, which was the main objective.

"We have our eye on the big picture and the first part of that comes in Adelaide in two weeks time."

The V8 Supercars will now head to Adelaide on March 18-21 for the Clipsal 500 --the opening round of the 2004 championship.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Todd Kelly