Race 1: Ambrose Leads SBR 1-2

Marcos Ambrose has taken race one at the Clipsal 500 V8 Supercar event held on the Adelaide parklands circuit, with Stone Brothers Racing teammate Russell Ingall following him home for a SBR 1-2

Race 1: Ambrose Leads SBR 1-2

Ambrose led the race almost from start to finish, apart from a mid-race period during pit stops, with teammate Ingall close behind. Craig Lowndes completed an all Ford podium in his first race for Triple Eight racing. Westpoint Racing's Steven Johnson in a Ford and Castrol Perkins Racing's Steven Richards in a Holden completed the top five, the latter surviving a late race brush with the wall.

The race featured several safety car periods, two of which were brought out by big accidents at the high-speed sweeper at turn eight. Triple Eight's Steven Ellery was the first, hitting the wall nearly head on, while Larkham Motorsport's Jason Bargwanna couldn't catch a slide and had a more glancing blow. Both drivers were able to get out of their cars, with the HANS device getting a workout in its first compulsory use.

The Holden Racing Team had mixed fortunes, both cars looking competitive early before Skaife's car was sidelined with a failed distributor while teammate Todd Kelly pitted under green, but recovered to eighth place. His brother, polesitter Rick Kelly, got similarly caught out and ended up fifteenth after being involved in an incident at the hairpin on the second last lap.

Results, Clipsal 500 race one, Adelaide Parklands circuit:

Pos  Driver              Car
 1.  Marcos Ambrose      Ford Falcon BA
 2.  Russell Ingall      Ford Falcon BA
 3.  Craig Lowndes       Ford Falcon BA
 4.  Steven Johnson      Ford Falcon BA
 5.  Steven Richards     Holden Commodore VY
 6.  Greg Murphy         Holden Commodore VZ
 7.  Garth Tander        Holden Commodore VZ
 8.  Todd Kelly          Holden Commodore VZ
 9.  Glenn Seton         Ford Falcon BA
10.  Jamie Whincup       Holden Commodore VY
11.  Paul Weel           Holden Commodore VZ
12.  John Bowe           Ford Falcon BA
13.  Brad Jones          Ford Falcon BA
14.  Paul Morris         Holden Commodore VZ
15.  Rick Kelly          Holden Commodore VZ
16.  Paul Dumbrell       Holden Commodore VY
17.  Cameron McConville  Holden Commodore VZ
18.  David Besnard       Ford Falcon BA
19.  Jason Bright        Ford Falcon BA
20.  Jason Richards      Holden Commodore VY
21.  Anthony Tratt       Holden Commodore VY
22.  Andrew Jones        Holden Commodore VZ
23.  Paul Radisich       Holden Commodore VZ
24.  Mark Winterbottom   Ford Falcon BA
25.  Steve Owen          Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Matthew White       Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Alex Davison        Holden Commodore VY
DNF  Simon Wills         Holden Commodore VZ
DNF  Max Wilson          Holden Commodore VZ
DNF  Jason Bargwanna     Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Greg Ritter         Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Craig Baird         Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Steve Ellery        Ford Falcon BA
DNF  Mark Skaife         Holden Commodore VZ
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