Ingall takes two from two -- Ambrose finishes fourth Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall made it two from two when he won the second leg of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge in his Caltex Havoline Falcon on the streets of the Gold Coast ...
Ingall takes two from two -- Ambrose finishes fourth
Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall made it two from two when he won the second leg of the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge in his Caltex Havoline Falcon on the streets of the Gold Coast today.
The result was the 23rd race win of Ingall's career and his 10th round win -- his ninth coming at the Big Pond 300 at the Queensland Raceway earlier this year.
Ingall's SBR team mate Marcos Ambrose finished fourth today in his Pirtek Falcon despite dropping to seven cylinders on lap 10 of the 22-lap contest.
Ingall got a great start and jumped into the lead from Murphy, Skaife and Ambrose.
On lap four Murphy decided to pit moving Skaife and Ambrose into second and third respectively.
On the following lap Skaife and Ambrose pitted -- Skaife locking his wheels on the entry and almost causing Ambrose to hit him from behind. Ambrose managed to get by Skaife thanks to a fantastic pit stop.
The following lap Ingall made his compulsory stop and got out in front of Ambrose.
Ambrose technically grabbed the lead of the race off Ingall, who was on cold tyres, at ANA corner just a few seconds later.
At that stage there were still nine cars in front of Ambrose who had not made their compulsory stops.
On lap 10 Ambrose started to slow with engine problems and dropped three spots.
On lap 15 Steve Ellery stopped up against a wall and a safety car period was required which the last couple of cars took advantage of to make their compulsory stop.
At the re-start on lap 19, Ingall led the race from Murphy, Skaife, Simon Wills, Ambrose and Glenn Seton.
One the same lap there was a pile-up at ANA corner, which left Jason Richards stuck up against a wall and the safety car was required again.
There was one flying lap left to complete the race and Ingall got the jump to race away to the chequered flag from Murphy and Skaife.
Ambrose managed to get past Wills at the first chicane despite his engine problems and finished fourth.
RUSSELL INGALL -- CALTEX HAVOLINE RACING
"I don't know what it was, but I qualified well here and I had a pretty good toy to play with," said Ingall. "I must have put on Marcos' undies back in the truck. "I always seem to start the season pretty slack and come on strong at the end. If we can continue this roll we might give second place in the championship a shot. "I have had a good run here at Indy and it was great to complete the job today for Caltex Havoline and all their guests. "We will have something to celebrate tonight with a couple of cold VBs."
MARCOS AMBROSE -- PIRTEK RACING
"Obvioulsy that was not the result we wanted, but it could have been a lot worse," said Ambrose. "It is extremely unusual for SBR to have a mechanical problem. "The boys just told me to drive it until it stops so I just tried to get it home. "I guess we had some bad luck today, but at the same time it was great it all held together. "That's one more out of the way, now we have to make sure of strong results in New Zealand and in Sydney."
The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series will be in New Zealand in two weeks time.