Ambrose takes provisional pole at Winton - Ingall 5th Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has taken provisional pole for tomorrow's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway in North-East Victoria. Ambrose...
Ambrose takes provisional pole at Winton - Ingall 5th
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has taken provisional pole for tomorrow's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Winton Raceway in North-East Victoria.
Ambrose crossed the start-finish line just two seconds before the chequered flag was produced to end the session and he made every opportunity of his last lap dash to grab top spot on the time sheets in his Pirtek Falcon.
Ambrose's SBR teammate Russell Ingall also made use of his last lap and shot from seventh to fifth in his Caltex Havoline Falcon -- giving SBR the only two Fords in the top 10.
Amazingly the top five cars in qualifying were separated by just 0.1 of a second, the top 10 cars by 0.3 and the top 29 cars by less than a second on the tight and twisting 3km circuit.
Ambrose will have the job of keeping the number one grid position in tomorrow's top 10 shootout, while Ingall will have the chance to jump up to four positions for the start of the afternoon's 300km "mini enduro".
"There is no doubt that this is all about tyres and who can get the heat into them quick enough," said Ambrose, who is chasing the 10th pole of his short career tomorrow.
"I was really surprised how the car just got better and better through the session.
"The tyres just got hotter and stickier and I could not believe my luck when I managed to get around one more time before the checker flew.
"I was really hanging it out on that last lap and two or three times I thought I had pushed it off the track.
"Before the session we did not know where we were going to end up, but I will take this!
"It is just a matter of putting it all together tomorrow. It is just so tight out there and one little mistake in the shootout could cost me nine spots.
"The race itself is going to be a real battle of tactics and I am sure we are going to see more than one safety car if the last couple of days are anything to go by.
"The boys at SBR are on a bit of a roll and we need to maintain that momentum."
Ingall will be chasing the second pole of his career tomorrow -- ironically the first came at Winton back in 2001, a round he also won.
"To tell you the truth I cannot believe how slow the lap times were in qualifying," said Ingall.
"I think you really have to look at the effort of Stone Brothers Racing to get the only two Fords into the top 10. That needs to be recognised.
"We have been building up to this all weekend and making gains in each session.
"To have a couple of cars in the top five is a great effort, considering that all but one of the cars in the top 10 uses this as their test track.
"There is no doubt that tomorrow's shootout is going to be very interesting and the race is going to be tough.
"I think we are going to be in for a big day with plenty of action."
QUALFIYING -- TOP 10
1: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:23.2604
2: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:23.2779
3: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1:23.2921
4: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:23.3300
5: Russell Ingall (Ford) 1:23.3563
6: Steve Richards (Holden) 1:23.3976
7: Paul Morris (Holden) 1:23.4757
8: Rick Kelly (Holden) 1:23.4822
9: Todd Kelly (Holden) 1:23.5049
10: Jamie Whincup (Holden) 1:23.6052
SCHEDULE - SUNDAY
9.30am-9.50am -- Warm-up
11.20am-11.50am -- Top 10 Shootout
1.10pm-3.20pm Race (300km -- 100 Laps)
TV TELECAST -- NETWORK TEN
Sunday -- May 25
1.30pm-2.30pm -- RPM
2.30pm-5pm -- Round 4 V8 Supercar Championship Series