Surfers Paradise: Stone Brothers Racing Friday notes

SBR has stong start to Indy weekend. Stone Brothers Racing has a strong start to the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the Gold Coast with Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard both qualifying for tomorrow's top 10 ...

SBR has stong start to Indy weekend.

Stone Brothers Racing has a strong start to the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge at this weekend's Honda Indy 300 on the Gold Coast with Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard both qualifying for tomorrow's top 10 shootout.

Ambrose was quickest in both morning practice sessions and then managed the fifth-quickest time in official qualifying in his Pirtek Falcon.

Besnard was third in the first practice session, eighth in the second and improved to seventh in official qualifying in his Caltex Havoline Ford.

"It's definitely warm out there," said Ambrose. "These are big heavy card and take a lot of hanging on to around this place. "You have to drive with the window up because of the amount of drag it would create if it was down. "I have been working hard to stay off the curbs, but it is a bit of a lottery. One or two feet off line and you are going to collect a cone. "It is great to be racing here for championship points. We are in the hunt to be runner-up in the championship and we need to make sure we get as many points as possible here to keep us in the fight. "To get pole tomorrow is going to require a very quick and smooth lap."

Besnard,, who is the only Ford driver to win a round of this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series, will have a chance to improve on his position in tomorrow's vital top 10 shootout for the 11th round of the 13-round championship.

Besnard is currently eighth in the championship and has made up more ground than any other driver since the opening round of the series back in March, where he rested 28th at the end of the weekend after a couple of mechanical problems.

Besnard is driving a brand new Caltex Havoline Ford, which has been built in just over a week. He his original car was destroyed in a practice accident with co-driver Wayne Gardner after a brake problem in practice at the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst a fortnight ago.

"I am 100 per cent confident in the new car," said Besnard.

"The Caltex Havoline crew have done such a fantastic job getting it together in such a short amount of time.

"It seems to get better and better each time I get in it and I am sure there is plenty left.

"I felt a little guilty when I put a scratch on the front guard after clipping a tyre wall this morning.

"To come out and be third fastest in the morning session straight out of the box was very pleasing.

"I am just glad to have jumped into tomorrow's top 10 shootout. Hopefully we can put together a really solid lap and be as close to the front as possible. Qualifying is vital at a street course like this."

There will be a top 10 shootout for the V8 Supercars tomorrow from 12.30pm-1pm and then a 22-lap race at 4.05pm.

There will be another 22-lap race on Sunday at 11.30am with the Champ Cars getting underway at 2pm.

QUALIFYING TOP 10
GILLETTE V8 SUPERCAR CHALLENGE
1: Garth Tander (Holden) 1:51.0045
2: John Bowe (Ford) 1:51.0252
3: Jason Bright (Holden) 1:51.0640
4: Greg Murphy (Holden) 1:51.1443
5: Marcos Ambrose (Ford) 1:51.1908
6: Mark Skaife (Holden) 1:51.4121
7: David Besnard (Ford) 1:51.4516
8: Craig Lowndes (Ford) 1:51.5839
9: Max Wilson (Ford) 1:51.8337
10: Steve Richards (Holden) 1:51.8911

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , David Besnard , Garth Tander , Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Greg Murphy , Wayne Gardner , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , John Bowe , Steve Richards