SBR COMPLETES BATHURST PREPARATIONS Defending V8 Supercar champions Stone Brothers Racing completed its final preparations for next week's Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst with a day-long test at Queensland Raceway today. The team ran three...
SBR COMPLETES BATHURST PREPARATIONS
Defending V8 Supercar champions Stone Brothers Racing completed its final preparations for next week's Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst with a day-long test at Queensland Raceway today.
The team ran three of its regular endurance drivers with Russell Ingall and Luke Youlden in the Caltex Ford and Marcos Ambrose steering the Pirtek machine.
Ambrose's Bathurst team-mate Warren Luff was also at Queensland Raceway today, but spent the day testing his Development Series Decina Falcon, which he will also drive in the support races at Mt Panorama as well as the Pirtek car in the main event.
SBR co-owner Ross Stone said that both cars completed around 120 laps and that the team accomplished all of its goals for the day.
"The day started in the wet which did not help us that much, but it did dry out as the day wore on," said Stone.
"We basically ticked all the boxes we wanted and really got in a solid day of running.
"We did not have any mechanical dramas at all and the boys did not even lock a brake during their 120-odd laps."
Ambrose arrived back in the country a couple of days ago after three successful test days with the Woods Brothers Nextel Cup team in the US.
Ambrose, who leads this year's championship and who is chasing his third consecutive V8 Supercar title, will leave the series at the end of this year to chase a career in the competitive US-based NASCAR championship.
"The running in the US was very solid and I certainly think it has put us in good shape for next year," said Ambrose.
"It was good to get that out of the way so we can now concentrate solely on trying to win this year's V8 Supercar Championship and, just as importantly, Bathurst.
"I think we learnt a lot today which will help us iron out some of those bugs which have plagued us at Bathurst the last couple of years."
Ingall currently sits second in this year's championship with four rounds remaining and knows that a big result at Bathurst is important if he is going to crack his maiden V8 Supercar crown this year.
"There is no doubt that we made plenty of progress today and that is always a good thing this close to a major race like Bathurst," said Ingall, who has won Australia's greatest touring car race twice previously.
"Everyone at Caltex Racing is focused on giving Bathurst their very best shot.
"Having a test day like we had today certainly won't do us any harm."
The Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst will be held from October 6-9.