AMBROSE AND INGALL IN TOP FOUR AT BARBAGALLO Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall finished second and fourth respectively in the opening 50-lap race of the Perth V8 400 at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today. Ambrose ...
AMBROSE AND INGALL IN TOP FOUR AT BARBAGALLO
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall finished second and fourth respectively in the opening 50-lap race of the Perth V8 400 at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today.
Ambrose started second in the Pirtek Falcon, but had managed to get around pole sitter Craig Lowndes by the end of the opening lap.
Ingall started 12th in his Caltex Falcon, but was up to eighth by the end of the third lap. He pitted two laps latter and was given a cracking 4.3-second stop which basically elevated him to fifth place.
On lap 37 Ambrose led the race from Mark Skaife, Lowndes, Steve Richards and Ingall, when Lowndes slipped off the track and into the sand trap at turn one.
Lowndes managed to keep going, but when he came back on to the track he dumped a lot of sand on to the racing line.
Ironically, Ambrose hit the sand the following lap and got sideways enough to let Skaife slip inside of him on the exit of esses.
"I came into that area and there was just no grip," said Ambrose.
"The boys had been on the radio and I had slowed down, but I was leading the race and the first one in there.
"I had no grip and just ran wide which allowed 'Skaifey' to slip past me. Fortunately I was able to gather it up and stay in second place.
"I had a couple of cracks at Skaife over the remaining laps, but I had the championship in the back on my mind.
"It was certainly a cracker race and sets up a pretty interesting day for the fans tomorrow."
Ingall missed the top 10 shootout after missing his set-up slightly, but there was just 0.23 of a second between his time and that of pole sitter Lowndes.
The result today was a relieving one for Ingall who has not had a great amount of success at the Barbagallo Raceway in the past.
"It's all good," said Ingall.
"We are back in the game after qualifying 12th this morning.
"It was a great move to bring me in early for my stop to break me away from the train of cars I was in and then the boys gave me an awesome 4.3-second stop.
"Richo's (Steve Richard's) thing was spewing out oil for a lot of the race and my windscreen was covered. It was certainly very interesting driving into the sun on the last couple of laps.
"I thought if Richo's thing let's go I will be in third place, but I am more than happy with fourth and to bag the championship points that we did.
"Now we have to build on that tomorrow."
There will be two 58-laps tomorrow.