Marcos Ambrose says that his 14 practice laps in Darwin this morning haven’t helped him acclimatise to the driving style needed for a modern V8 Supercar.
Ambrose started this morning first free practice session at Hidden Valley driving the DJR Team Penske Falcon, completing 14 laps before handing over to regular driver Scott Pye.
Ambrose’s best time was a 1m09.850s, around 1.8s behind the best time that pace-setter Mark Winterbottom had set at that point of the session.
When asked if he felt comfortable back in the car, Ambrose admitted that he didn’t.
“No, I don’t [feel comfortable] to be honest with you,” the former NASCAR driver said.
“They are just tricky cars, very sensitive with the brake pedal, and I guess you have to be in them all the time. You have to have grown up with this generation car to really understand it.
“The stuff that I’ve always done to drive a car fast doesn’t seem to work in these.”
Surface smooth, but not grippy
Despite some Hollywood times showing up early in the first session, Ambrose said the new Hidden Valley surface isn’t as grippy as it looks.
“The track surface is very smooth, but it doesn’t have as much grip as you think,” he said.
“Walking around the place yesterday it looked like it would have a ton of grip, but we were still sliding around a bit.”