ABSOLUTELY NO TEAM ORDERS AT SBR Stone Brothers Racing team co-owner Ross Stone has declared there is "absolutely no team orders" for his drivers Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall as the pair battles it out for this year's V8 Supercar ...
ABSOLUTELY NO TEAM ORDERS AT SBR
Stone Brothers Racing team co-owner Ross Stone has declared there is "absolutely no team orders" for his drivers Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall as the pair battles it out for this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series title.
SBR is in the unique position of having two naming rights sponsor for their two Ford Falcons with Ambrose a two-time and defending series champion in the Pirtek Falcon and Ingall last year's runner-up in the Caltex machine.
Ambrose currently leads the championship on 1486 points while Ingall is in second place on 1408, heading into the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst next month.
In this year's championship, drivers will drop their worst round from the opening 10 events and be left with a race to the title over the final three events at the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, at the Ferodo Triple Challenge at Symmons Plains in Tasmania and at the BigPond Finale at Phillip Island in Victoria.
When you apply that rule to the first nine rounds, Ambrose leads Ingall by just 58 points, or the equivalent of 15 positions at Bathurst.
"We are in the unique situation of having two naming rights sponsors and they both have to be treated as separate identities," said Stone.
"Both Russell and Marcos are fierce competitors and as far we are concerned they are out there to race for themselves and their respective sponsors and we will be doing everything in our power to help both of them achieve their goals.
"While saying that, we also have the confidence in both of them not to do anything stupid to each other while attacking for the title. I guess it's a nice problem to have."
Stone said that while his team did not produce one of its best performances at last week's Betta Electrical Sandown 500, he said he was pleased to still be in a solid position in the V8 Supercar Series Teams' Championship.
"We certainly could have had better results than we did at Sandown, but at least we got away with some points," said Stone.
"We are now in a position to really have a solid go at Bathurst which is important for everyone involved with our team.
"Both Marcos and Russell are having strong seasons and I am sure they are going to continue to have a great battle for the rest of the year.
"The team's championship is not something you really think about during the year, but to win it after finishing 1-2 in last year's championship would be a great reward for everyone involve with the SBR operation.
"There is a long way to go before we can start thinking about any of that."
The Super Cheap Auto 1000 will be held at Bathurst's Mt Panorama from October 6-9.