Russell Ingall finishes third -- relegated to 12th. Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall crossed the line in third place in his Caltex Havoline Falcon in the second leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today, but was later relegated to 12th...
Russell Ingall finishes third -- relegated to 12th.
Stone Brothers Racing's Russell Ingall crossed the line in third place in his Caltex Havoline Falcon in the second leg of the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide today, but was later relegated to 12th place by race officials.
Ingall was involved in an incident with Greg Murphy on the second-last lap of the 78-lap contested, which resulted in the Holden driver spinning at turn six.
The move by officials dropped Ingall from equal third in the V8 Supercar Championship Series to eighth.
Ingall's SBR teammate Marcos Ambrose was looking for his second podium finish in two days in his Pirtek Falcon, but had a mechanical problem with the suspension of his car and then an accident which halted his progress three laps from home.
"He (Murphy) had a big slid the turn before," said Ingall.
"He came out sideways and I had good drive.
"He started coming across and I hit the "anchors", but he kept coming and I touched him.
"Once the brakes locked up I was a passenger.
"The officials have made their decision and we will cop it sweet and look forward to Phillip Island."
Despite copping the wrath from officials, Ingall was pleased with the progress of his new BA Falcon over the weekend.
"The car was actually very good, but unfortunately we originally qualified very badly," said Ingall.
"We made a lot of adjustments overnight after the power steering problems yesterday and the car was good to drive.
"I think the BA is certainly going to be a good car. It is fast and turns (good).
"This was always going to be our toughest circuit and hopefully everything will get a little easier from here.
"I think the championship is going to be much closer than recent years.
"Mark (Skaife) is obviously still the guy to beat, but I think the results will be mixed up a bit."
Ambrose was obviously disappointed with his inability to finish the race, especially after his fantastic win yesterday, but he still sits in 11th place in the title chase.
"I drove the car pretty hard today and I made a few mistakes," said Ambrose.
"Unfortunately we had a problem towards the end of the race with the suspension.
"I was pushing on and clipped a tyre bundle which put me into the wall.
"I was trying to push for the highest place possible, but in the end it caught up with me.
"A great result yesterday, but one we would rather forget today.
"We now have to re-group before the next round of the championship."
The next round of the championship will be at Phillip Island in Victoria on April 11-13.
* The Holden Racing Team was fined $10,000 after one of their crew members stood on the pit wall as Mark Skaife took the chequered flag.