The Stone Brothers Racing Falcon of Marcos Ambrose and Russell Ingall will start from the third row of the grid in Sunday's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mount Panorama, after the current V8 Supercar Series leader clocked a time of 2min 08.4442secs around the 6.21km circuit in the top ten shootout.

Holden's Greg Murphy took his first pole position at Bathurst with an amazing time of 2min 06.8594secs - more than one second faster than the leading Ford entry of John Bowe, with whom he will share the front row. However, Ambrose was happy enough to make the top ten considering the team's focus this week on preparing a solid race car that will survive the 161-lap battle.

"It was a pretty good lap, just not quick enough - but it never was going to be when you look at Murphy's time," the Tasmanian said, "We have been concentrating on race set-up all week and to be starting from row three is pretty pleasing. I think we have a good car, a good driver combination and a good crew and all those things will give us a good chance tomorrow with a little luck."

The preparation of the V8 Supercar teams was interrupted mid-way through the hour-long morning practice session when Larry Perkins hit and damaged a guard rail coming out of the cutting. It took track officials sometime to fix the problem. Perkins then had to withdraw his car from the shootout because it could not be repaired in time.

The session resumed later in the afternoon and, when the chequered flag was finally produced, the #4 Pirtek-Caltex Havoline Ford of Ambrose and Ingall was second and the #9 car of Mark Winterbottom and Mark Noske was ninth.

Noske and Winterbottom, who won the day's Konica support race in his Milligans Food Group AU Falcon, will start 18th on Sunday.



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