Ellery scares qualifying bogeyman away at Bathurst

Super Cheap Auto driver Steve Ellery overcame the qualifying bogeyman, that has plagued him this season, today at Bathurst to notch the 7th fastest time of 2:10.666 in his new car. His seventh position is ten positions higher than his qualifying...

Super Cheap Auto driver Steve Ellery overcame the qualifying bogeyman, that has plagued him this season, today at Bathurst to notch the 7th fastest time of 2:10.666 in his new car.

His seventh position is ten positions higher than his qualifying position of last year but for most other teams, the track times are slower than previous years due to a resurfacing of the track.

Ellery's had a couple of successes at Bathurst, including 3rd in 1996 with Tony Longhurst and almost winning the race with Paul Radisich in 1999.

This year, he says, is the first time his team is in a serious position to win.

"I have never been to Bathurst before in a car this good. The drive on this car is amazing and during the race I'm confident we'll have something out there, that no-one else has and that's one of the fastest cars on track," Ellery said.

Ellery is confident he can improve on his qualifying position during tomorrow's shootout and says that even though he hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself as a one-lap specialist this year, he can do the job in the shootout.

"Bathurst has always been good to me and I love to race here, so if I'm asked to pull a good lap out of the bag on cold tyres, then that's what I'll have to do.

"Canberra was the only real time this year, where I've had a chance to prove my pace straight up and we started on the second row of the grid there.

"We're currently seventh, and I know we won't get bumped out of the 15, so if we stay there or improve I'll be the happiest man on the mountain."

Ellery has congratulated Geoff Brabham's input to the team saying that his team, the development on the new car and Geoff's input have helped it all come together.

The Super Cheap Auto driver says that even though Bathurst has been won from as far back as 18th, that starting up the front of the pack will be an advantage.

"To win this race you need a serious level of commitment on track and we have that now in the new car. That we're starting up the front will mean we're amongst it when it comes to timing pit stops in the race. From here I'm very confident," Ellery said.

<pre> V8 SUPERCAR 1000, MT. PANORAMA, BATHURST QUALIFYING RESULTS PRE-SHOOTOUT 1.Seton/Richards Ford 2:09.677 2.Lowndes/Crompton Ford 2:09.853 3.Skaife/Longhurst Holden 2:09.962 4.Bright/Mezera Holden 2:10.228 5.Bowe/Wills Ford 2:10.244 6.Ingall/Perkins Holden 2:10.486 7.Ellery/Brabham Ford 2:10.666 8.Murphy/Kelly Holden 2:10.683 9.Tander/Bargwanna Holden 2:10.741 10.Ritter/McLean Ford 2:10.899

- Anne Gigney

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Series Supercars
Drivers Paul Radisich , Tony Longhurst , Geoff Brabham