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'What a thrill': Ambrose cuts laps in Davison Mustang

18 Apr 2021
Ambrose cuts first laps in a Supercar since 2015
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Marcos Ambrose has labelled his first laps in a Supercar since 2015 as a "thrill”.

The two-time series champion took to Will Davison’s #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang on Sunday morning.

It comes as Ambrose joins the broadcast for this weekend’s Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.

The Ford legend’s five laps of the Symmons Plains circuit were his first behind the wheel of a Supercars since the 2015 Gold Coast 600.

The #17 Mustang on track

Ambrose commentated a lap of the 2.4km circuit, where he won a race in 2004.

“Will was looking quite nervous, wasn’t he,” Ambrose joked on the broadcast.

“What a thrill. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat in a race car.

“The last time in earnest was the Bathurst 1000 in that car back in 2015, so it’s been a long time between drinks.

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“A lot of power, a lot of grip, a lot of side-bite. But what really impressed me was the car was moving like an old Supercar was.

“It was pitching under brakes nicely, a lot of lateral movement.”

With the help of the Shell V-Power squad, Ambrose gained accreditation to drive the car.

It marked a return of sorts for the 28-time race winner, who raced for the Ford team in 2015.

Ambrose on broadcast duties

“It was a lot of fun, a big thank you to everybody,” he said.

“Ryan Story, and everyone at DJR for putting the deal together.

“I couldn’t even find a helmet last night, I had to go through my storage to try and find a helmet.

“What a great blast, and for Will for donating his car. I was very careful.”

Ambrose will feature in the Tasmania broadcast for the 44-lap Race 7 at 1:35pm AEST, ahead of Race 8 at 4:25pm.

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