Hidden Valley: Stone Brothers Racing's long trip to race

SBR drivers warm-up for Darwin race with four Bathursts. FORD drivers Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard are currently "warming-up" for this weekend's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with a road trip around four times the ...

SBR drivers warm-up for Darwin race with four Bathursts.

FORD drivers Marcos Ambrose and David Besnard are currently "warming-up" for this weekend's fourth round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series with a road trip around four times the distance of a V8 1000 at Mt Panorama.

Ambrose and Besnard have spent the last two days on the road to Darwin from their base on Queensland's Gold Coast and made it as far as Mt Isa tonight.

The pair is driving a Ford Explorer and a F250 truck as part of a promotional tour for Ford, Caltex and Pirtek the major sponsors of Stone Brothers Racing.

The cars are a little different to the Falcons they will be racing at speeds of around 260kph at Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway this weekend.

Stone Brothers Racing's third driver, Wayne Gardner, has taken the "easy" way out and will arrive in Darwin on Thursday by plane.

During the last two days Ambrose and Besnard have traveled around 2000km and have visited such landmarks as the Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, the Waltzing Matilda monument in Winton and the Walkabout Creek Pub, which was make famous in the movie Crocodile Dundee.

The trip is a great warm-up for Ambrose who is the defending champion in Darwin after winning on debut last season.

"It has been a great experience so far, but we are not even half way yet," said Ambrose.

"You really get an idea of how big this country really is when you get out here.

"I guess the great thing about running at Hidden Valley at the weekend is that we won't have any kangaroos to dodge.

"We have some of our best support in Darwin, especially after out result last year.

"I don't think we have learnt anything in the last couple of day that will help us at the weekend, but I think the gains we made at a test on Thursday might be enough to get the Pirtek Ford across the line first on Sunday."

Besnard finished with one of his strongest results of the year in Darwin last season and believes he is even better prepared this time around.

"This trip has been a whole new experience of everyone on it and it would be great if we could top-off off the journey with some major points on Sunday," said Besnard.

"This trip will certainly do a bit for our endurance race preparations, but probably won't give us any great advantage at the weekend.

"I think this trip is something everyone needs to do. The other thing I want to do is win a V8 Supercar race and hopefully we can fulfill that goal at the weekend."

Ambrose and Besnard arrive into the Northern Territory tomorrow morning and then travel to Mataranka tomorrow night.

They will greet 2000 service men and woman during a special appearance with their race cars at Robertson Barrack at Palmerston on Wednesday before arriving in Darwin on Wednesday afternoon.

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers David Besnard , Marcos Ambrose , Wayne Gardner