Oran Park: Stone Brothers Racing qualifying notes

Marcos Ambrose claims pole position at Oran Park. Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose claimed pole position for tomorrow's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney Oran Park Raceway. Ambrose set a blistering time of ...

Marcos Ambrose claims pole position at Oran Park.

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose claimed pole position for tomorrow's seventh round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Sydney Oran Park Raceway.

Ambrose set a blistering time of 1:08.817 around the 2.62km circuit in this afternoon's top 10 shootout and will start from pole for the first of two 150km races tomorrow.

It was a satisfying result for Ambrose, who has battled a little during the last couple of rounds, but who stills sits fifth in the championship as the leading Ford driver.

"We have struggled a little in the last couple of rounds so to grab pole here is very pleasing," said Ambrose.

"While saying that, we have only done half the job and need to get maximum points in tomorrow's races.

"We need to get into the first corner first, because if we have to follow those red cars (Holden Racing Team) things become difficult.

"We tested a couple of times last week to try and get the car responding how I wanted.

"At a track like this it is very important to try and have the car pretty close to how you want it when it rolls off the truck."

There is no doubt tomorrow's races will be harsh on tyre wear and that will play a major role in the outcome of the races.

"I did not lock a wheel today and that could be crucial tomorrow," said Ambrose.

"How you balance the tyres is going to be crucial and its nice to be going into the races without any damaged rubber.

"It would be great if we could have the Ford flag flying again tomorrow."

Ambrose's SBR teammate David Besnard will start 13th on tomorrow's opening grid after clocking a time of 1:09.442 in his Caltex Havoline Ford.

Besnard sat sixth after the top 50% of cars qualified, but slowly slipped out of shout contention as the track conditions improved for the second group.

Besnard was just 0.419 off the provisional pole time after qualifying and second or less separate the top 31 cars in the 36-car field.

Besnard finished second in last year's Oran Park round and currently sits eighth in this year's championship series.

"We obviously just missed the set-up a little and we missed the shootout," said Besnard.

"There are 31 cars separated by a second or less and that is just amazing. While I was not happy to miss the top 10 I guess things could have been a lot worse.

"We just need to make a strong start tomorrow and make sure we are there at the end.

"Obviously race and pit strategy will be vital tomorrow if we are to finish with strong results in tomorrow's two 150km races."

* Tomorrow's two 58 lap races will be televised on Network Ten.

QUALIFYING RESULTS
1: Max Wilson (Ford) 1:09.023
2: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:09.055
3: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:09.119
4: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:09.230
5: Cameron McConville (Holden) 1:09.277
6: Garth Tander (Holden) 1:09.284
7: Glenn Seton (Ford) 1:09.297
8: Russell Ingall (Holden) 1:09.328
9: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 1:09.373
10: Jason Richards (Holden) 1:09.383
11: Steve Johnson (Ford) 1:09.401
12: John Bowe (Ford) 1:09.431
13: David Besnard (Ford) 1:09.431
14: Todd Kelly (Holden) 1:09.444
15: Craig Baird (Holden) 1:09.470

TOP 10 SHOOTOUT
1: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:08.817
2: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:09.035
3: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 1:09.628
4: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:09.773
5: Cameron McConville (Holden) 1:09.774
6: Garth Tander (Holden) 1:09.839
7: Glenn Seton (Ford) 1:09.874
8: Russell Ingall (Holden) 1:09.880
9: Max Wilson (Ford) 1:09.980
10: Jason Richards (Holden) 1:09.516

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER SIX ROUNDS
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1493
2: Greg Murphy (Holden) 884
3: Todd Kelly (Holden) 802
4: Jason Bright (Holden 752
5: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 677
6: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 654
7: Steve Richards (Holden) 615
8: David Besnard (Ford) 507
9: Garth Tander (Holden) 501
10: John Bowe (Ford) 456

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Cameron McConville , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife , Craig Baird , Craig Lowndes , Jason Richards , John Bowe , Glenn Seton , Todd Kelly , Steve Johnson , Steve Richards
Teams Holden Racing Team