SBR Leading Ford Team Again in Shootout Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall were the two highest-placed Ford drivers in today's top 10 shootout for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama. Ambrose improved...
SBR Leading Ford Team Again in Shootout
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall were the two highest-placed Ford drivers in today's top 10 shootout for the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama.
Ambrose improved five places from yesterday's qualifying position in his Pirtek Falcon and will start from fifth place in tomorrow's 161-lap contest with his co-driver Greg Ritter.
Russell Ingall dropped three spots in his Caltex Racing Falcon and will start from eighth place with his endurance team mate Cameron McLean.
Steve Richards took his first pole for the endurance classic from Jason Bright and Paul Dumbrell.
Today's shootout runs came after a successful hour-long morning practice in which all four drivers clocked some very competitive lap times.
SBR had two cars in today's shootout, despite drama for both the Pirtek and Caltex cars on Thursday and Friday which cost valuable track time.
The Pirtek car did only nine laps on Thursday because of a first session accident and then an engine problem in session two.
The Caltex car was badly damaged in the rear after an accident in the opening session yesterday while co-driver Cameron McLean was at the wheel through Caltex Chase.
The team managed to get the car repaired in just over three hours and Ingall did a great job to produce the fifth-fastest qualifying time.
MARCOS AMBROSE -- QUOTES
"The shootout lap was the best we could do," said Ambrose. "I think there must have been an extra chicane out there for the Fords, or the Holdens missed a corner or two.
"We certainly have a better race car than qualifying here this weekend.
"This week has been difficult for us and I did not help that situation with my little oops on Thursday.
"I am happy to be starting fifth and being the leading Ford. There is no doubt that we are looking forward to the race.
"We have had tyre issues here the last couple of years, but we are confident we have gotten on top of that problem. It is certainly something we will be monitoring during the race."
GREG RITTER -- QUOTES
"I did half a dozen laps in the car this morning and I was very comfortable," said Ritter. "To be starting fifth is pleasing, especially after the time we missed on Thursday.
"I guess it is a case of wait and see."
RUSSELL INGALL -- QUOTES
"It's all good," said Ingall. "I think we should and could have been a couple of spots further up the grid, but it's a long day tomorrow.
"We knew the Commodores would be better over the one lap because they have more down force at the front end which helps them get heat into their tyres much faster.
"If it was a two-lap shootout I think the results would have been a lot different.
"The car was very solid in this morning's session and I think we are heading into tomorrow's race with a terrific package.
"Those guys can have the champagne today, we'll enjoy it tomorrow."
CAMERON McLEAN - QUOTES
"I enjoyed my laps in the car this morning and there is no doubt I am going to bed tonight knowing I have my best chance ever of winning this race tomorrow," said McLean.
"There are so many things that need to go in your favour to collect the big trophy here, but I think we are starting with a solid package.
"I have not lost sight of the job I have to do."