What's on today -Ambrose's first race back

  • 06/12/2014
  • By V8 Supercars
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Today, Marcos Ambrose will contest his firstV8 Supercar racein nine years.

And fans will not only have the chance to see him, one of the 26 V8 Supercars on-track, but a range of great other offerings at the Sydney NRMA 500.

Ambrose had his first taste of the V8 Supercar on the Sydney street circuit yesterday, and todaythe two-time V8 Supercar champion will jump behind the wheel fortwo 37-lappers around the streets of Sydney Olympic Park from 2.30pm, after qualifying kicks off at 11.15am.

The Dunlop Series, V8 Utes and V8 Touring Cars will all be on-track, as well as Heritage Touring Cars, the JCB Backhoe and other entertainment options.

Off-track - as well as plenty of cool activities, fans can get up-close to Ambrose'svery first V8 Supercars Championship car over the weekend - just one great historic car on display.

The Pirtek sponsored Ford Falcon AU, built and run by Stone Brothers Racing, will be on display outside of the indoor pits at the circuit.

The 'Devil Racer' steered the AU to pole position on debut in a V8 Supercar at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix, and also qualified first at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 that year - no easy feat for a rookie in the category. In fact, at the time he was just the second rookie, since German Klaus Ludwig in 1987, to clinch pole on first attempt at Australia's greatest circuit.

He continued racing the Falcon throughout 2002, claiming a win in its final hit-out in the main game at the finale at Sandown that year.

"I've got fond memories of that car," Ambrose told v8supercars.com.au.

"I've crashed it a few times - it stood by me too, I got my first pole and my first race win right there and I look forward to seeing it.

"My time at Stone Brothers was pretty special - that was my first car with them and I'll always have a fond place in my heart for it."

The following year he debuted the famous BA he drove to his two V8 Supercars titles, while the AU filtered down to the development series (then Konica Series), running until 2007, before then entering the V8 Touring Car Series in 2009-10 as ownership changed.

Fans will have the chance to meet all drivers today at the official off-track signing session.Come along to the Fuso V8 Supercars Indoor Paddock on Saturday for the opportunity to meet the drivers and grab an autograph. Each driver will appear at their garage for half an hour from 12.30pm.

Australia's #1 Action Sports athlete Matt Mingay, along with his Hotwheels Team, will be performing wild stunts on-track today, alongside the Aussie Bandit ute, JCB Backhoe and the Showtime FMX Crew from 9.55am.

At the Stunts and Jumps Zone, outside of ANZ Stadium, check out the Izuzu D-Max Precision Driving team's performances, which include high speed cross-overs, drifting, formation driving, jumps and even driving the vehicles on two wheels. Team D-MAX's Iron Summit 4WD Ramp will also be there.

Enjoy the family friendly atmosphere with lots of interactive activities for kids and adults alike at the Family & Sports Zone. Sydney leading sporting teams and community groups will be there, including the Western Sydney Wanderers, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wests Tigers, GWS Giants, Sydney Thunder and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Make sure you're trackside to lap up all that's on offer today at the V8 Supercars Grand Finale at the Sydney NRMA 500.

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