BOTH SBR CARS IN BATHURST SHOOTOUT Both Stone Brothers Racing entries will contest tomorrow's Top 10 Shootout for the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama. Marcos Ambrose was third quickest in official qualifying in the Pirtek...
BOTH SBR CARS IN BATHURST SHOOTOUT
Both Stone Brothers Racing entries will contest tomorrow's Top 10 Shootout for the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama.
Marcos Ambrose was third quickest in official qualifying in the Pirtek Falcon today while Russell Ingall was eighth fastest in the Caltex Ford.
Both drivers were happy to be in the shootout after concentrating on a race package for most of the day.
The normal two qualifying sessions consisting of the top and bottom 50% of cars from the morning practice session was combined to one long session because of impending rain.
The session was 45 minutes old when a light rain eventually came and basically sealed the shootout field despite there being 30 minutes left on the clock.
Ambrose's team-mate Warren Luff did a few laps in the Pirtek car, but got most of his running in the Decina Falcon in the 13-lap Development Series race in which he finished second.
Ingall's team-mate Luke Youlden had an incident in qualifying for the Wright Patton Shakespeare Carrera Cup which damaged his VIP Petfoods Porsche. He still managed to qualify 11th despite only getting in two laps and then finished 9th in the afternoon's eight-lap race.
Craig Lowndes topped the time sheets for the second consecutive day ahead of Mark Skaife.
There is a one-hour practice session tomorrow morning and the shootout from 3.40pm.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.
MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING
"First of all I am pleased to be in the top 10," said Ambrose.
"We really had to try hard to put together that time and there is not much left in the car.
"The guys asked me if I wanted to do another lap, but I declined.
"I almost binned it a couple of times out there and I was happy to come into pit lane.
"The pace out there was pretty fierce and I was pleased just to put a lap together.
"I think we have a much better race car than qualifying car so to be third was satisfying.
"We certainly did not have the pace to challenge Craig (Lowndes).
"We have had problems here in the past with tyre wear and have concentrated on trying to get that problem sorted and I think we are on the right track."
WARREN LUFF -- PIRTEK RACING
"I enjoyed the laps I did in the car and felt very comfortable," said Luff.
"The Development Series race in the Decina car was pretty eventful with plenty of biff and barge in the opening laps, but it all settled down and we managed to run second.
"I think those 13 race laps were pretty valuable and I get another 14-lap race tomorrow.
"Marcos (Ambrose) is obviously doing a great job and everything is going to plan so far."
RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX RACING
"They certainly made the right decision by combining the sessions because of the late rain, but that obviously increased the traffic," said Ingall.
"I only managed to get a run on one new set of tyres because we left our run a little late and got caught out by the rain.
"I think we probably could have dropped into the 0.7s, but we were never going to do a 2:07.1 (Lowndes' time).
"The guys did a great job putting the car back together overnight after our incident yesterday.
"The good thing about our time is that the car is doing the times easily.
"Today is a bit of ego flexing. I think our car will be able to do the race pace all day.
"Luke (Youlden) is doing a solid job and is as fit as a bull. If he needs to do a double stint during the race he will do it easy.
"The aim today was to ensure we got into the Top 10 Shootout for Caltex, Ford and the rest of sponsors tomorrow afternoon.
LUKE YOULDEN -- CALTEX RACING
"I have enjoyed the day and it was great to see Russell put us into the top 10," said Youlden.
"I had a moment at McPhillamy in the Porsche, which cause a little bit of damage, but that's out of the way now.
"The Caltex team and everyone at SBR has been great to work with and I think we have made enough progress to be a contender on Sunday."