Ambrose talks SBR, Murphy, NASCAR and quitting

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 01/11/2017
  • By Supercars.com

Retired Supercars legend Marcos Ambrose has “happily moved on” with life in Tasmania, Greg Rust believes after conducting a rare interview for Inside Supercars.

Two-time champion Ambrose returned to Supercars in late-2014 after nine seasons in NASCAR to spearhead Team Penske’s then-new partnership with Dick Johnson Racing.

However his full-time comeback was all over after three events, and Ambrose has not driven a Supercar since the 2015 enduros.

Ambrose sat down with Rust in Tasmania earlier this year for an interview that aired on Inside Supercars on Wednesday evening.

The pair discussed Ambrose’s career in Australia, the UK and America, key periods and rivalries, his split with the team that has become a Supercars powerhouse and his new life.

“What struck me most was how he’s happily moved on to the next chapter in life and that Marcos approaches business (his award-winning Thousand Lakes Lodge in Tasmania) with the same commitment and determination he was renowned for in racing,” Rust says.

“Fans will be hoping he’ll get behind the wheel of a racecar again at some point but I sense he’s done!

“If Marcos races again I reckon it will be for fun with friends, not professional Motorsport or a full series.

“It’s more likely to be an event or car that he would simply like to try... a one-off experience.

“It was great fun looking back on the rivalries of his time in Supercars. We miss that in some ways.

“He told me that his old team-mate Russell Ingall tried to feed some beers into him one night in the hope of getting Marcos to share the secrets of his success at Stone Brothers and the finer points of his contract.

“Marcos looked back and laughed. He has great respect for Russell. They are different characters in many ways but with similar traits.

“He says now that Russell was one of the toughest team-mates he’s ever had and it helped make him a better driver”

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