Hidden Valley: SBR first practice report

SBR drivers confident after first practice session. Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose was just edged out of the fastest time slot during unofficial practice for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Hidden Valley...

SBR drivers confident after first practice session.

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose was just edged out of the fastest time slot during unofficial practice for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin today.

The defending race champion, Ambrose was pipped out of top spot by Greg Murphy in the dying seconds of the 30-minute practice session.

The Pirtek Falcon driver says today's results have him confident for tomorrow's action which includes practice, qualifying, top 10 shootout and a 20-lap race.

"I think today was a pretty good start," said Ambrose. "It was good to have the car going in the right direction off the truck and we can only improve tomorrow. "Temperature will play a vital role over the weekend. We know it is going to be hot, but just how hot we are not sure of yet."

Caltex Havoline driver David Besnard also had a solid run and was ninth when the session ended.

"We went out and tried a few things and it was positive," said Besnard. "We have had a good build-up to this weekend's event and I think we can look forward to a successful couple of days. "This is a long way to come for nothing."

SBR's third driver, Wayne Gardner, was in 19th place in unofficial practice in his Caltex Havoline Ford.

"I feel pretty good after that," said Gardner.

"With a few modifications to the car and to the driver I think we will be in good shape.

"This is the first time I have been here, so I am still trying to get used to a few parts of the track."

Top 10
1: Greg Murphy 1:09.7304
2: Marcos Ambrose 1:09.7669
3: Mark Skaife 1:09.8848
4: Jason Bright 1:09.8907
5: Todd Kelly 1:09.9112
6: Larry Perkins 1:09.9871
7: Glenn Seton 1:10.0209
8: Mark Larkham 1:10.0348
9: David Besnard 1:10.0409
10: John Bowe 1:10.1104
19: Wayne Gardner 1:10.6673

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Wayne Gardner , Mark Skaife , Mark Larkham , John Bowe , Glenn Seton , Todd Kelly , Larry Perkins