Ingall second and Ambrose eighth in WA practice Stone Brothers Racing had a solid start to their preparation for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today. Russell Ingall was second quickest...
Ingall second and Ambrose eighth in WA practice
Stone Brothers Racing had a solid start to their preparation for the fifth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Barbagallo Raceway near Perth today.
Russell Ingall was second quickest in his Caltex Havoline Falcon and Marcos Ambrose eighth in his Pirtek Ford in an action-packed scheduled 35-minute practice session which lasted more than an hour because of seven red-flag periods.
Ingall was fastest on the time sheets, until the dying seconds when Steve Richards "snipped" him by just 0.0049 of a second.
"It all felt pretty good," said Ingall.
"It looks like it is going to be a pretty interesting weekend when you see how many guys were spearing off the track.
"We were really concentrating on getting the car set up not just for one quick lap, but quite a few.
"The name of the game this weekend is going to be consistency.
"We are all going to have about two sets of tyres less than we need this weekend. Who ever manages their tyres the best will be in a position to win the round."
Ambrose's efforts were his best start to a weekend at Barbagallo ever -- in either a Formula Ford of V8 Supercar.
The Gold Coast-based Tasmanian's chance to improve on his time were dented towards the end of the session when he slipped off the track at the exit of turn one.
Ambrose managed to get back on to the circuit, but he was forced to limp back around to the pits and park his Falcon for last few remaining laps of the session.
"The car was pretty handy," said Ambrose
"There is no doubt that this weekend will be all about tyres.
"We were concentrating on getting a good balance and to be eighth, despite slipping off at the end, has given us something to really build on.
"I 'bubbled' a gear in turned one and managed to gather it up about 95%, but then I got out on to the marbles and couldn't get it back.
"Thankfully there was no damage -- just a lot of gardening."
The top 20 cars today were separated by less than a second and that is expected to close up even more tomorrow as a little more rubber gets laid down on the track. <pre> TOP 10 -- PRACTICE 1: Steve Richards Holden 58.8519 2: Russell Ingall Ford 58.8567 3: Mark Skaife Holden 59.0515 4: Garth Tander Holden 59.1653 5: Todd Kelly Holden 59.2271 6: Max Wilson Ford 59.2499 7: Paul Morris Holden 59.2767 8: Marcos Ambrose Ford 59.2817 9: Cameron McConville Holden 59.3301 10: Greg Murphy Holden 59.3805