SBR COMFORTABLE AT BARBAGALLO RACEWAY Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall both feel comfortable with their first day of preparation for this weekend's third round of the Supercar Championship Series at Wanneroo Raceway...
SBR COMFORTABLE AT BARBAGALLO RACEWAY
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall both feel comfortable with their first day of preparation for this weekend's third round of the Supercar Championship Series at Wanneroo Raceway near Perth, despite being outside the top five.
Today's scheduled two hour practice session was riddled with red flags with drivers beaching themselves on the notorious Barbagallo sand traps no less than 13 times. Amazingly the first hour of actual track time took one hour and 42 minutes to run.
The session was extended to two hours and 15 minutes, but there was just 93 minutes of actual running time.
When it was all over Marcos Ambrose was sitting in eighth place in his Pirtek Falcon and Russell Ingall was 13th in his Caltex Ford.
The only time one of the SBR cars was involved in a red flag incident came late in the session when Ingall locked-up while on a flyer.
Ambrose, who leads the championship and who is chasing his third consecutive title, said his crew got a lot out of today's running.
"That was better than the opening practice last year when I was 21st, but there is still a long way to go," said Ambrose.
"We gathered a lot of information during the two-hour session, despite there being so many red flags. I was just pleased that I was not one of them.
"We had pretty used tyres so to be in the top eight is probably not a bad result."
Ingall said his side of the garage made several changes during the session.
"We went in one direction with set-up and Marcos went another," said Ingall.
"Mid-way through the session we obviously realised we were heading the wrong way and re-grouped and straight away we jumped up the time sheets.
"That's the advantage of having a team mate who you can trust when it comes to set-up. You can virtually cut the testing time in half.
"I think a lot of teams put pretty fresh rubber on towards the end and we were almost able to match them on old stuff.
"We are certainly in better shape today than we were at the same stage last year.
"I only had one incident were I locked up and put it on the sand. It came the lap after my quickest lap and I was on another flyer.
"Would the lap have been better than the previous one? -- we will never know."