Eastern Creek: SBR Saturday report

SBR CARS IN TOP SIX AT EASTERN CREEK Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start third and sixth respectively in the opening race of the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway in ...

SBR CARS IN TOP SIX AT EASTERN CREEK

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start third and sixth respectively in the opening race of the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Eastern Creek Raceway in Sydney tomorrow.

Ambrose originally qualified second in his Pirtek Falcon behind Mark Skaife, but dropped one place in the afternoon top 10 shootout.

Ingall was third after qualifying, but again feel victim to the shootout demons and dropped three places to sixth spot and the outside of row three.

Craig Lowndes took his third consecutive pole position in his Falcon ahead of Skaife.

"I think we had a very solid day," said Ambrose.

"We were second in the morning practice, second in qualifying and then only dropped one spot in the shootout.

"We have worked solidly on getting a good race car together and I think we have achieved that.

"Craig (Lowndes) put together a great lap and while you would like to start from pole every race, I am not too disappointed with third.

"I have been asked whether I will be changing my driving style after some incidents in the last couple of rounds and the answer is no.

"I made a wrong judgment call at the start of a race in WA, but to change my driving style would be wrong.

"I have approached my driving the same way through my entire career and I don't see any reason to be changing now."

Russell Ingall was confident that he was still a chance to win the first of tomorrow's two opening 36-laps races despite loosing a little ground in the shootout.

"Overall it was a pleasing day," said Ingall.

"We had a pretty good car straight out of the box on older rubber and we were not really out of the hunt all day.

"I thought to qualify third was a good reward for the Caltex team, but then I missed it a little bit in the shootout and dropped three spots.

"To be starting in the top six still gives us every opportunity of winning tomorrow's opening race and for walking away with a solid points haul.

"There is no doubt that pit stops will play a vital role in the race's outcome and we have some of the best guys in the business when it comes to compulsory tyre stops.

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes