Power on

  • 07/10/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

DJR Team Penske will welcome Will Power as a guest in the garage for this weekend's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Australian export Power is a Penske driver in the United States, finishing third in the Verizon IndyCar Series this year and winning the title in 2013.

Power is no stranger to Mount Panorama, having raced at Bathurst at 2002, and as an international co-driver at the Gold Coast in 2010 and '12.

This year is the first the Penske name will be represented on the grid at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and marks the long-awaited return of two-time V8 Supercars Champion Marcos Ambrose.

Ambrose pairs up with Scott Pye for the race, and is hoping to improve on Sandown, where he botched the start before powering through the pack.

"I thought Sandown went pretty well, except for my boo boo off the line," Ambrose said.

"I am really looking forward to Bathurst this weekend.

"It has been a long time since I have been there but I am focused making sure we do everything 100 per cent so not to put ourselves in a hole like I did at Sandown.

"Scott is doing a great job and I feel we really have a strong driver line-up. The team has had a turbulent year and it would be great to give them some shine at Bathurst."

Earlier this season, Ambrose stepped down as primary driver of the DJR Team Penske #17 Falcon. Pye took over to try and improve the race car, which was vastly different from the beast Ambrose remembers from 10 years ago.

He is now pleased with the performance of the car and suggested they were quick enough for a podium at the last event.

"The performance of the Xbox Falcon FG X was a great improvement from when I last drove in a race and I was pleased that the speed and comfort in the car were all there," Ambrose said.

Pye is positive they can do well this weekend.

"Like every driver, I really look forward to this race. It is an awesome track and as last year showed the winner can come from anywhere on the grid. The Xbox Falcon FG X should be a much better weapon on the mountain than the old FG so we have a real shot at a good result."

The team will also be joined by Penske heavyweight Tim Cindric this weekend.

This year's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 marks 35 years since V8 Supercars legend Dick Johnson's 'the rock' incident at Mount Panorama.

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