Steven Ellery is once again a free man after raising $1250 dollars bail this morning for the Kids Help Line after being taken prisoner as part of national Lock Up Your Boss Day.

Once imprisoned Ellery called Super Cheap Auto who willing gave Ellery $250 towards his bail. Moments later, Ellery managed to attract the attention of Ford Australia's, Ben Beazley who he persuaded to donate $500 to the total sum needed.

With practice for round eight of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship set to commence a short time later, Ellery made a pleading phone call to Super Cheap Auto Racing team principal (and father) Bruce Ellery who contributed $250 which ensured Ellery reached his target amount.

"I knew raising $1000 would be a challenge but we have some great sponsors on board who wanted to help the children of Australia who use the counselling services provided by the Kids Help Line," Ellery said.

"I had a feeling that Super Cheap Auto could contribute more, so I decided to give them another call and well in-truly exceed the amount which was set by the crew for my bail before I was imprisoned."

Ellery was correct and upon his second call to Super Cheap Auto another $250 was generously donated to the Kids Help Line through Ellery's bail.

"Currently thousands of calls for to the Kids Help Line go unanswered every day and through the compassion of our sponsors Super Cheap Auto Racing is proud to contribute to such a worthy cause," Ellery commented.

For the first practice session for round eight of the 2004 V8 Supercar Championship at Oran Park, Ellery was 27th, with windy conditions and five red flags proving a challenge to Super Cheap Auto Racing this afternoon.

With two more practice sessions prior to qualifying tomorrow, Super Cheap Auto Racing Team Manager, John McLean believes the team will be able to transform the information discovered at a test day last week will transfer into speed.

"It took a little bit for us to get our head around the wind effect and with two practice sessions tomorrow we have a lot of work to do prior to qualifying," McLean said.

"We have tested since last round found a number of things which we help Steven during qualifying and the two races on Sunday."