FINAL SHAKEDOWN FOR SBR BEFORE SANDOWN Stone Brothers Racing completed its final shakedown at Queensland Raceway today to finalise preparations for next weekend's Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne, round nine of the 2005 V8 Supercar ...
FINAL SHAKEDOWN FOR SBR BEFORE SANDOWN
Stone Brothers Racing completed its final shakedown at Queensland Raceway today to finalise preparations for next weekend's Betta Electrical Sandown 500 in Melbourne, round nine of the 2005 V8 Supercar Championship.
In near perfect conditions SBR regulars Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall were joined by the team's endurance drivers Warren Luff and Luke Youlden, who both completed numerous laps behind the wheel of the Pirtek Falcon and Caltex Ford respectively.
One of the main focuses for the team throughout the day was the continued streamlining of pit stops and driver changes which will be vital for a good result in the upcoming endurance races.
For the first time drivers and co-drivers will this year be aided by a driver's assistant during driver changes. In the past it has been the exiting driver who would aid the new driver into the car, however this is now the duty of the driver assistant.
"The new driver assistant adds another variable into a pit stop and we have worked very hard to ensure that the driver changes go as smooth as possible," said team co-owner Ross Stone.
"Throughout the day we made a lot of practice pit stops, wheel and driver changes. One of the toughest things that the drivers are having to deal with for the first time this year is getting into and out of the car in a hurry while wearing the HANS device.
"Overall everything is working in the stops very well and I think that we are better prepared in our pit stops and driver changes than we have been in the past few years."
Throughout the day each of the SBR prepared Falcons completed approximately 100 laps. While Ambrose and Ingall completed the majority of the laps throughout the day Luff and Youlden were also impressive during their stints behind the wheel.
"Once again everything simply went to plan and we had another solid day. We set out with a list of objectives and achieved them all," said Stone.
"Warren and Luke did another solid job in their support of the leading drivers by putting in some consistent lap times and providing the engineers some very good feedback on changes to the set up of the car.
"All in all I am looking confident we can transfer a successful test day into a successful weekend at Sandown."
All four drivers have finished on the podium in the Sandown event. Both Ambrose and Ingall have previously tasted victory, including a one-two finish last year. Luff and Youlden finished in third place during the 2004 and 2003 events respectively.
Practice for the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 begins on Friday with qualifying on Saturday with the round highlighted by 161-lap race on Sunday.
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