Marcos Ambrose drives back to 10th after early drama at AGP Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose recovered after an opening lap mishap to finish a strong 10th in the second race of the Netscape V8 Supercar Showdown at the Foster's Formula One...
Marcos Ambrose drives back to 10th after early drama at AGP
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose recovered after an opening lap mishap to finish a strong 10th in the second race of the Netscape V8 Supercar Showdown at the Foster's Formula One Grand Prix at Melbourne's Albert Park today.
Ambrose spun at turn three on the opening lap after his Pirtek Falcon was tapped by another car and he rejoined the field in 31st spot before crossing the line in 23rd place at the end of lap one.
A lap later he was in 20th and he made up an average of one spot per lap over the remaining 10 laps.
The race started in reasonably wet conditions, but there was a dry line for most of the 5.3km circuit by the end of the 12-lap contest, which was completed on wet-weather tyres.
"I got caught up in some of the first lap drama and got turned around at turn three. I don't know who it was (that turned me around)," said Ambrose. "I just had to put my head down and get the best result possible. I passed about eight cars before we got back to the start-finish line and went on from there.
"Some drivers made it hard work, but we did manage to get up into the top 10. The car was very good and I am pleased to get a good result under our belts. It would be nice to get through at least the first lap without any problems in tomorrow's third and final race."
Ambrose finished 14th in Friday's opening race after another opening lap spin.
David Besnard made a fantastic start from ninth place in the Caltex Havoline Falcon going from ninth to fifth by the first corner, but his performance off the line was all wasted on lap two when he and Steve Richards came together at turn 14.
Besnard managed to keep his Ford going, but he had received some major damage to his front left wheel and limped back to the pits his race was over.
"I made a great start and was enjoying being up there among the front-running cars," said Besnard. (Steve) Richards turned in on me at turn 14 and the contact was hard enough to break my wheel.
"Now we have to start from the back of the grid in tomorrow's third race and we certainly have our work cut out for us. Hopefully we can have a dry race and we can make a solid start and be mid-field within a couple of laps and then push on for a reasonable result.
"It would be nice to put on a good show for the Caltex Havoline guests at Albert Park this weekend."
Jason Bright won his second race in two days from his HRT teammate Mark Skaife and Ford's Paul Radisich.
Tomorrow's third 10-lap race starts at 10.35am.
RESULTS NETSCAPE V8 SUPERCAR SHOWDOWN RACE 2
1: Jason Bright
2: Mark Skaife
3: Paul Radisich
4: Russell Ingall
5: Craig Lowndes
6: Greg Murphy
7: Todd Kelly
8: Steve Richards
9: Garth Tander
10: Marcos Ambrose
11: Paul Weel
12: Rick Kelly
13: Steve Johnson
14: Cameron McConville
15: John Faulkner
FACTS & FIGURES AGP V8 SUPERCAR SUPPORT RACES
Race Three (10 laps - 53 km) Sunday 3 March 10.35am
Circuit: Albert Park - Melbourne
Estimated top speed: 250 km/h - Pit Straight
Estimated average speed: 158 km/h
Channel 9 will be showing V8 Supercar races live as part of their Formula 1 coverage throughout Australia at the weekend.
Sunday: 10.30am-4.30pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
* An hour earlier in Queensland Please check your local guides
Network Ten will be providing a thorough coverage of the V8 Supercars and F1 each night in their regular news and Sports Tonight programs Please check your local guides