Clipsal: SBR race one qualifying report

Both Stone Brothers Racing Falcons will start in the top seven for the opening race of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide tomorrow. Marcos Ambrose was fastest after official qualifying in ...

Both Stone Brothers Racing Falcons will start in the top seven for the opening race of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Clipsal 500 on the streets of Adelaide tomorrow.

Marcos Ambrose was fastest after official qualifying in his Pirtek Falcon, but dropped a couple of spots in the top 10 shootout and will start tomorrow's opening 250km race from third position and as the highest-positioned Ford.

His SBR teammate Russell Ingall was fifth after qualifying, but also dropped a couple of spots in the shootout in his Caltex Havoline Ford and will start seventh tomorrow.

"It is just goes to show that anything can happen in the shootout," said Ambrose. "I think I missed it behind the wheel. I was not as confident with the car as I was in qualifying and the time suffered as a result. "If I was to do the shootout again I think the result would be much better, unfortunately I cannot do that. "It's good to get back into the season proper, it has been a long break for us. I was starting to run out of things to talk about!"

Ingall started the day in great fashion and topped the time sheets in the opening practice and was never outside the top five.

"We just struggled for grip in the one lap flyer," said Ingall. "I could not get enough temperature into the tyres and I basically overdrove it. "It was disappointing not to be higher up the grid after our efforts in the morning sessions, but I think we have a strong race package. "It is important to get a strong result tomorrow and set ourselves up for a big finish on Sunday."

Paul Radisich originally qualified in the top 10, but was later relegated to 15th because of an alleged "curb hoping" infringement. The Queensland Ford driver was reinstated into the field for shootout just minutes before the scheduled start time.

Tomorrow's 78-lap race starts at 2pm local South Australian time (2.30pm EDST); 1.30pm Qld time).

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Paul Radisich