Just 0.02 of a second separated Stone Brothers Racing teammates Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall at the top of the time sheets after practice on the opening day of the Queensland 300 at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich today. Ambrose, the ...
Just 0.02 of a second separated Stone Brothers Racing teammates Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall at the top of the time sheets after practice on the opening day of the Queensland 300 at Queensland Raceway near Ipswich today.
Ambrose, the defending series champion and current championship leader, clocked a time of one minute and 10.9895 seconds around the 3.12km circuit in his Pirtek Falcon.
Ingall, the defending race champion, was a blink of an eye away in his Caltex Havoline Ford.
Today's results come hot on the heels of a successful test at Queensland Raceway last week in which the team made some strong gains.
"I guess if we are going to do well anywhere it should be here," said Ambrose.
"We are the first Ford team right now and we were making sure we had a good racecar today.
"All previous years we have not been first on the opening day here, so it will be nice if we can continue the momentum through the weekend.
"The track is constantly changing and you really have to adjust to the conditions.
"We actually came in and made some changes after the opening lap.
"We only have a single race here this weekend so it is very important to finish and ensure we keep the points ticking over."
While Ambrose and Ingall led the 35-car list, Holden drivers and championship contenders Jason Bright and Steve Richards were not that far away.
"This is our home track, but it has not taken our Melbourne colleagues (Bright and Richards) long to get on the pace, as expected," said Ingall.
"We were toying with a heap of things all session to try and build on what we learnt during our test last week.
"The tyres we were using were not that great, but we should not need new tyres to do a reasonable time here because it is our test track.
"We were keen to keep our tyre bank for other tracks later in the year.
"We will certainly get more serious tomorrow and hopefully we can maintain our speed and spots on the time sheets.
"The aim is to certainly be in a position to win back-to-back races at QR this weekend."
There will be a 35-minute practice session in the morning followed by qualifying and a top 10 shootout in the afternoon.