Two-time V8 Supercars Championship winner Marcos Ambrose has finalised his preparations ahead of his comeback to the series at next weekend’s season-ending finale at Sydney Olympic Park by completing a brief test programme with Dick Johnson Racing.
The Tasmanian has spent the last nine years racing in all three tiers of the American NASCAR series, but was confirmed to make a return to the championship where he won the 2003 and 2004 crowns. The 38-year-old will race for the Dick Johnson Racing team next weekend in an xBox-liveried Ford Falcon ahead of a full-time return with the squad – which will be known as Team Penske-DJR following its majority takeover by Roger Penske’s racing empire – next year.
For Ambrose, the test was to familiarise himself with the new ‘Car of the Future’ machinery, but he was quick to set low expectations ahead of his highly anticipated return to the fold.
“It’s going to be a jump in the deep end, [and] just try to survive Sydney. But I’m learning all of that stuff that I won’t need to when I get to Clipsal. So it’s certainly fast-tracking our 2015 campaign,” he told the official V8 Supercars website at the end of his test outing.
“The hardest part to get comfortable with is [to] get the brake zone deep enough. I’m learning the new sequential box – [it’s] something new for me. But I’m impressed by the comfort of the car, the car feels pretty comfortable to hustle around the track here. It’s just been a blast so far, I’ve really enjoyed it!”
The season-ending NRMA Sydney 500 runs on December 5-7, with a pair of 250-kilometre races around the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit at Homebush Bay.
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