SBR cars in top 10 for Clipsal 500. Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will both start in the top 10 in tomorrow's opening race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. Ambrose qualified third in his Pirtek Falcon after a ...
SBR cars in top 10 for Clipsal 500.
Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will both start in the top 10 in tomorrow's opening race of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
Ambrose qualified third in his Pirtek Falcon after a consistent day which saw him quickest in the morning's two practice sessions and third in qualifying before the top 10 shootout for the opening round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.
Ambrose clocked a lap of one minute and 23.7897 seconds around the 3.22km circuit and will start behind former SBR driver Jason Bright (1m23.3729s) and Mark Skaife (1m23.4608s).
"I happy to be on the inside of row two for tomorrow's first race, but it certainly would have been nice to be a couple of spots higher," said Ambrose.
"It is certainly nice to bounce back after our problems at the AGP.
"I just could not get my tyres hot enough on my flyer.
"I had really run out of track before I started and really played it safe.
"This was not about speed, but about getting the tyres hot enough and obviously the others guys got that sorted.
"I think we have a good race set up and that the Pirtek Falcon will certainly in the hunt tomorrow.
"I just need to get a good start and get on with it from there."
Ingall had an incident during qualifying in his Caltex Havoline Falcon when he clipped some tyres on the inside of a corner and ran straight ahead into another tyre barrier.
At the time there were three minutes left in the session, but Ingall managed to maintain his place in 10th and qualify for the top 10 shootout.
His BA Falcon was damaged at the front end, but it was repaired in time for the shootout, in which Ingall improved one place to ninth with a lap of one minute and 25.0673 seconds.
"I got in a little hot and hit the tyres on the inside of the corner and went straight ahead," said Ingall of his qualifying mishap.
"After that it was a matter of the boys getting it ready in time for the shootout, which they did.
"I certainly was not taking any risks on a one-lap flyer and ran a pretty conservative lap.
"I am actually pretty happy to be in the top 10 after the drama we had.
"The car has been very consistent and 250km is a long way around this place.
"I think we have a very solid race package and I am confident we can give it a good shake in the Caltex Havoline Ford."
There will be a 250km races tomorrow and Sunday.