Barbagallo: Stone Brothers Racing race two and three notes

David Besnard finishes third in Perth and jumps another championship spot. Stone Brothers Racing's David Besnard produced one of the best results of his V8 career when he finished third outright and the leading Ford driver in round six of the V8...

David Besnard finishes third in Perth and jumps another championship spot.

Stone Brothers Racing's David Besnard produced one of the best results of his V8 career when he finished third outright and the leading Ford driver in round six of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Perth's Barbagallo Raceway today.

Besnard finished seventh in this morning's race before finishing the meeting with an impressive second in his Caltex Havoline Ford.

Besnard originally finished eighth in the opening race yesterday, but was elevated a spot to seventh after Russell Ingall was given a 22-second penalty for punting him off the track on the last lap.

The Gold Coast-based 25 year-old finished third outright on 122 points behind Jason Bright (208) and Greg Murphy (182) his best result since finishing second outright at Oran Park last year.

Besnard's teammate Marcos Ambrose finished sixth on Saturday after the adjustments, 24th in the second race this morning and then10th in the final race this afternoon.

Besnard has jumped to eighth in the championship a fantastic effort considering he was 27th at the completion of the opening round after suffering a couple of mechanical problems in Adelaide.

"We have had a goal of improving every race meeting and we are certainly managing to do that," said Besnard.

"The team and myself are working better and better together and the confidence is growing.

"I trust the team's calls and they trust mine and that's something we struggled with in my first season last year.

"I probably thought this was going to be easier than it was when I started with SBR last year and the work we have done in the off-season is paying off.

"To jump a couple of spots in the championship is a great result this weekend and we have done it the race before we go to my favourite track in the series Oran Park."

Ambrose had an endless amount of trouble in today's opening race after he was hit off the line and damaged the power steering in his Pirtek Falcon.

He then made a pit stop, but clipped the car of Paul Radisich on his exit and was given a drive through penalty.

He was then punted off the track and lost several spots to finally finish 24th.

Ambrose did a great job in race three to drive his way through the field to 10th position.

"I guess that is one of the weekends you really want to forget," said Ambrose.

"We got out of jail yesterday and then nothing went our way in this morning's race.

"I drove the race without power steering after the opening lap and my arms felt like Popeye with massive forearms at the end.

"We just had to put our heads down this afternoon and try and rescue as many points as we could. The boys gave me a good stop and we managed to salvage 10th.

Today's races were held in a front of a 35,000-plus crowd and the next round of the championship with be in Sydney on July 27-28.

RACE 1
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 42 laps
2: Jason Bright (Holden)
3: Greg Murphy (Holden)
4: Todd Kelly (Holden)
5: Craig Lowndes (Ford)
6: Marcos Ambrose (Ford)
7: David Besnard (Ford)
8: Steve Richards (Holden)
9: John Bowe (Ford)
10: Tony Longhurst (Ford)
* Russell Ingall originally finished seventh in the opening race, but was penalised 22 seconds for hitting David Besnard on the final lap. He was relegated to 16th. Ambrose and Besnard both moved forward one position as a result.

RACE 2 SUNDAY
1: Greg Murphy (Holden) 42 Laps
2: Jason Bright (Holden)
3: John Bowe (Ford)
4: Tony Longhurst (Ford)
5: Cameron McConville (Holden)
6: Neil Crompton (Ford)
7: David Besnard (Ford)
8: Brad Jones (Ford)
9: Cameron McLean (Ford)
10: Paul Morris (Holden)
24: Marcos Ambrose (Ford)

RACE 3 SUNDAY
1: Jason Bright (Holden) 42 Laps
2: David Besnard (Ford)
3: Greg Murphy (Holden)
4: Brad Jones (Ford)
5: Todd Kelly (Holden)
6: Garth Tander (Holden)
7: Mark Skaife (Holden)
8: Jason Bargwanna (Holden)
9: Cameron McConville (Holden)
10: Marcos Ambrose (Ford)

WEEKEND POINTS
1: Jason Bright (Holden) 208
2: Greg Murphy (Holden) 182
3: David Besnard (Ford) 122
4: Mark Skaife (Holden) 109
5: John Bowe (Ford) 93
6: Todd Kelly (Holden) 77
7: Brad Jones (Ford) 71
8: Cameron McConville (Holden) 69
9: Tony Longhurst (Ford) 69
10: Neil Crompton (Ford) 67
11: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 64

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1493
2: Greg Murphy (Holden) 884
3: Todd Kelly (Holden) 802
4: Jason Bright (Holden 752
5: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 677
6: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 654
7: Steve Richards (Holden) 615
8: David Besnard (Ford) 507
9: Garth Tander (Holden) 501
10: John Bowe (Ford) 456

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Neil Crompton , Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Russell Ingall , Brad Jones , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , Paul Morris , Paul Radisich , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Tony Longhurst , Cameron McLean , Steve Richards