SBR CLOSE TO ENDURO PAIRING DECISION Reigning V8 Supercar champions Stone Brothers Racing are expected to confirm their endurance driver pairings within the next two weeks after completing the second of their six approved annual test days at ...
SBR CLOSE TO ENDURO PAIRING DECISION
Reigning V8 Supercar champions Stone Brothers Racing are expected to confirm their endurance driver pairings within the next two weeks after completing the second of their six approved annual test days at Queensland Raceway today.
Regular drivers Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall did the bulk of the testing, but "hired" guns Luke Youlden and Warren Luff completed enough miles to give the team the data it needs to finalise line-ups for the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 (September 10-12) and the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (October 7-10), according to team co-owner Ross Stone.
"I think we achieved quite a bit today," said Stone.
"I certainly think we have enough miles from both Luke and Warren to decide our final driver pairings in the coming couple of weeks.
"They both did a solid job today and I think they will be an asset for us at Sandown and Bathurst. Both of those races will be very important when it comes to our championship aspirations."
The Pirtek Falcon completed more than 150 laps with Ambrose methodically working through a list of goals the team had set for the day.
Luff, who competed in the second round of the HPDC V8 Supercar Development Series at Wakefield Park last weekend for Decina Racing, completed about 15 laps.
Ingall notched about 120 laps in the Caltex Falcon and again displayed the speed which again sees him as a very serious championship threat this season.
While Youlden completed about 30 laps in the Caltex Ford, Stone says there are several considerations to be made before the final pairings are confirmed.
"There are just so many more issues to consider and certainly a lot more things we can monitor when it comes to making our final decision," said Stone.
"Once, it was just a matter of putting two drivers together who were about the same height and who had similar seating positions.
"While that is certainly still a consideration it is only a small percentage of what we can now look at.
"We want both the main driver and co-driver to enjoy the same type of handling car. We also want to consider the personalities of the drivers and how well they get on with their partner and the rest of the crew they will be working with."
SBR will now head to Eastern Creek next weekend for the fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series, which Ambrose leads by 11 points from Ingall.