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Sports/Touring Car Racing Topics:  Sydney Telstra 500


Stone Brothers Racing
December 2, 2011

Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) has made an auspicious start to the final V8 Supercar Championship event for 2011, with all three of its SBR Falcons demonstrating the potential for some strong results at the Homebush street circuit in Sydney today.

Shane van Gisbergen in the #9 SP Tools Racing Falcon was the quickest of the SBR trio in today’s opening practice, posting the day’s third fastest time behind the TeamVodafone duo of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes. Van Gisbergen is still in the chase for third place in the Championship and today’s result has buoyed his hopes of cementing his highest career finish in the V8 Supercar Championship.

Alex Davison in the IRWIN Racing Falcon made a slow start to the day due to the Team conserving the use of his fresh tyres, but he made considerable progress all the same and finished the day 15th fastest.

Tim Slade in the #47 Lucky 7 Racing was hot on Davison’s heals posting the day’s 16th fastest time and is confident there is further improvement in both driver and car before tomorrow’s all-important qualifying session.

The SBR Falcons will return to the track tomorrow morning at 10.20am for qualifying, and willwill hopefully make an appearance in the Top Ten Shootout at 11.25am before race one (74 laps/250km) at 3.05pm.

Shane van Gisbergen – Driver, SP Tools Racing Car #9

“The car was quite good out of the box today – we had a bit of an issue in the first session with a loose right-rear wheel which held us up a bit but we made up for that in the second session. I made a couple of small mistakes so there’s more in me and the car for qualifying tomorrow.”

Alex Davison – Driver, IRWIN Racing Car #4

“I’m pretty happy with the car and our progress today considering we did the majority of our runs on some very old rubber which makes it a little more difficult but we were able to improve the car on them (tyres) which was promising. We put greens on at the end of the session and the car was really strong – we just needed a bit more time to get the most out of them but we’ll be right.”

Tim Slade – Driver, Lucky 7 Racing Car #47

“The car didn’t feel as bad as the results showed today – most of the problems out there today were mine and I just didn’t really get it together as well as I could have. I’ll have a good sleep tonight and start afresh for qualy tomorrow.”

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