Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose made a solid start to his quest of winning five consecutive rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series when he was second quickest in practice at Queensland Raceway today. Ambrose, who will be driving...
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose made a solid start to his quest of winning five consecutive rounds of the V8 Supercar Championship Series when he was second quickest in practice at Queensland Raceway today.
Ambrose, who will be driving the Pirtek Falcon this weekend, is hoping to become only the third driver in V8 Supercar history to win five consecutive rounds of the title chase -- joining Allan Moffat (1977) and Mark Skaife (2002).
Ambrose's SBR teammate Russell Ingall had unfavourable practice tyres to work with today, but still managed to be eighth in his Caltex Havoline Falcon.
There has been plenty of attention on Ambrose since he won his fourth consecutive round in Darwin three weeks ago, but he is trying to put it all at the back on his mind.
"To tell you the truth, I am really not trying to think about the record, and I have to say media conferences don't help," joked Ambrose, in the post-practice media session.
"To win every race is tough, but it is nice to have the chance to win five straight on our home test track.
"I know my way around the place and the test session today was a solid start to the weekend.
"We were not trying for the quickest time, we just mucked around with a few settings and different tyre combinations for tomorrow's practice."
Ingall was happy with today's result considering the rubber he had to work with and says the team even made some solid gains.
"Everything is cool," said Ingall.
"We are still battling to have decent tyres on a Friday because of the number of excursions we have been having recently.
"We needed to find a little bit today and we did just that.
"The gains we made today will certainly help in qualifying and I am looking forward to that.
"It will be great to have my first race for Ford in front on my new home crowd -- to win it would be even more special."
Today's practice session was topped by defending series champion Mark Skaife from Ambrose and local Holden driver Paul Morris.
1: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:11.2208
2: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:11.3457
3: Paul Morris (Holden) 1:11.3859
4: John Bowe (Ford) 1:11.5802
5: Steve Johnson (Ford) 1:11.7224
6: Paul Radisich (Ford) 1:11.7470
7: Todd Kelly (Holden) 1:11.9108
8: Russell Ingall (Ford) 1:11.9260
9: Steve Ellery (Ford) 1:12.0329
10: Garth Tander (Holden) 1:12.0399
V8 SUPERCARS (All times Eastern Standard)
10am-10.35am -- Practice session
3.15pm-3.35pm Qualifying (Lower 50%)
3.40pm-4pm Qualifying (Upper 50%)
9.00am-9.20am -- Warm-up
11.00am-11.30am -- Top 10 Shootout
1.30pm-3.30pm -- Race (96 Laps)
TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- July 20, 2003 (Eastern Standard Time)
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Round 6 V8 Supercar Championship Series