SBR Eastern Creek qualifying report

Marcos Ambrose takes pole position at Eastern Creek. Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose took the ninth pole position of his V8 Supercar career in the lead-up to round three of the 2003 championship at Eastern Creek in Sydney today. The ...

Marcos Ambrose takes pole position at Eastern Creek.

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose took the ninth pole position of his V8 Supercar career in the lead-up to round three of the 2003 championship at Eastern Creek in Sydney today.

The Pirtek Falcon driver clocked a blistering time of one minute and 31.5582 seconds around the 3.43km circuit to beat reigning series champion Mark Skaife to grid position one by 0.2630 of a second.

Ambrose had earlier qualified second, but used his one-lap dash in the top 10 shootout to improve his position for tomorrow's 300km 77-lap mini enduro.

Unfortunately the news was not as good from Ambrose's SBR teammate Russell Ingall, who was fourth fastest in qualifying, but slipped to 10th in his Caltex Havoline Falcon.

Ironically, Ambrose took pole position in his first ever V8 Supercar race, which was a non-championship event at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in 2001.

In the same year he also took pole in his first ever V8 Supercar race at Bathurst in a performance that won loud applause from critics.

"We really had to drive to the conditions as they were changing through the top 10 shootout session," said Ambrose.

"I saw a couple of the earlier guys go out and they were slipping and sliding a bit.

"I really had to try and put some pressure on (Mark) Skaife, because he had produced such a great lap in the qualifying session.

"We are getting better and better as we go through the weekend.

"Now we have to forget about times and concentrate on putting together a good race car that will go the 300kms tomorrow.

"It is going to be a tough race and we desperately need to ensure that get some serious points -- more than the other guys in front of us hopefully.

"It is great to collect our first pole of the season, now we have to go on with the job."

Ingall was obviously disappointed with his shootout run, but is confident about a strong result tomorrow.

"We just missed it in the shootout, but that's behind us now," said Ingall.

"300km will be a long way around here tomorrow and I think we will have a solid race package.

"We just need to come here tomorrow and do the job."

WEEKEND SCHEDULE Sunday
10.00am-10.20am -- Warm-up
1.30pm-3.40pm Race (300km -- 77 Laps)

TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- May 4
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Round 2 V8 Supercar Championship Series

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Russell Ingall , Mark Skaife