SBR Bathurst Saturday qualifying report

The Stone Brothers Racing Falcon on Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start from the third row of the grid in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama. Ambrose clocked a time of two minutes and 8.4442 seconds around the ...

The Stone Brothers Racing Falcon on Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start from the third row of the grid in tomorrow's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama.

Ambrose clocked a time of two minutes and 8.4442 seconds around the 6.21km circuit in today's top 10 shootout and will start from position five on the grid in his BA Falcon which carries sponsorship from both Pirtek and Caltex Havoline.

Greg Murphy took his first pole position at Bathurst with an amazing time of 2:06.8594 -- more than one second faster than John Bowe who will share the front row.

Ambrose was happy enough to make the top 10 considering the team's focus this week on preparing a solid race car that will survive the 161-lap battle.

"It was a pretty good lap, just not quick enough, but it never was going to be when you look at Murphy's time," said Ambrose.

"We have been concentrating on race set-up all week and to be starting from row three is pretty pleasing.

"I think we have a good car, a good driver combination and a good crew and all those things will give us a good chance tomorrow with a little luck."

The preparation of the V8 Supercar teams was interrupted mid-way through the hour-long morning practice session when Larry Perkins hit and damaged a guard rail coming out of the cutting. It took track officials sometime to fix the problem.

Perkins had to withdraw his car from the top 10 shootout because it could not be repaired in time.

The session resumed later in the afternoon and when the chequered flag was finally produced the #4 Pirtek-Caltex Havoline Ford of Ambrose and Ingall was second and the #9 car of Mark Winterbottom and Mark Noske was ninth.

Winterbottom, who won today's Konica support race in his Milligans Food Group AU Falcon, and Noske will start 18th tomorrow.

The session was a solid ending to a very consistent race preparation for the SBR crew.

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , John Bowe , Mark Noske , Mark Winterbottom , Larry Perkins , Bob Jane