Ellery Bathurst qualifiying report

The Super Cheap Auto Team starts tomorrow's V8 Supercar 1000 from the fourth row of the grid and driver Steve Ellery says it will be a great advantage to start amongst the competitive end of the field. Ellery set his qualifying time in a car...

The Super Cheap Auto Team starts tomorrow's V8 Supercar 1000 from the fourth row of the grid and driver Steve Ellery says it will be a great advantage to start amongst the competitive end of the field.

Ellery set his qualifying time in a car that is ready to race in tomorrow's 1000km epic. He says it's a great feeling to have reached the goal of starting Bathurst from inside the top ten with his own team and car.

"When we came here, the goal we set was a good spot in the top ten. We've done that and it's a great achievement for a small team. But just as importantly, we've achieved it in a car that's set up for the race and from here the job should get easier," Ellery said of his qualifying position.

While most teams will spend this evening changing the set up and refreshing their cars after the shootout today, Ellery's team will leave the car virtually untouched before tomorrow.

Ellery's qualifying lap was good enough for 8th position in qualifying and he says even if he doesn't score a perfect lap around the track that he and Geoff will be fast in the race.

"My lap was good, but I had a bit of a brake lock up going into the chase, flat spotted the tyre and that stole about three tenths off me. I'm pleased how it's all come together so far. We put a new engine in last night and this car is ready to go," Ellery said.

Last year, Ellery qualified in 12th position and has made huge advances this year, particularly in qualifying. Ellery, who starts the race tomorrow alongside John Bowe and behind Steve Johnson says starting from 8th just means he should be clear of the crush into Shell corner.

"The first few laps are the trickiest at Bathurst and if you can make it through those, the rest should follow. But you still need to keep yourself near the front and half the battle is won if you start at the pointy end of the field.

"We have a strong package here. The car's outstanding, the team one of the best I've been to Bathurst with and Geoff and I are very confident we've got the racing bit down-pat," Ellery said.

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Series Supercars
Drivers John Bowe , Steve Johnson