Marcos Ambrose calls for calm on race eve

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has called for calm on the eve of this year's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama. Ambrose, the leading Ford driver in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, believes Sunday's 1000km classic has...

Stone Brothers Racing's Marcos Ambrose has called for calm on the eve of this year's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 at Bathurst's Mt Panorama.

Ambrose, the leading Ford driver in the V8 Supercar Championship Series, believes Sunday's 1000km classic has the makings of being one of the greatest touring car events seen in this country, but it also has the potential for disaster.

The 26 year-old says that continued aggressive tactics used by some drivers through the season could lead to some large damage bills on Sunday.

"This is probably the only track in the world where you need to think of safety first and speed second," said Ambrose, who will drive the Pirtek Falcon with talented youngster Paul Weel this weekend.

"At the end of the day we might go the whole race without a pace car, but history tells us that will not be the case.

"This is a track where you need to start thinking about safety now, not when your car is being loaded on to the back of a truck piece by piece."

Ambrose is currently fourth in the championship and knows he can still finish second with the help of a big result this weekend although that is not his main priority.

"To finish second would be great, but that's not even on our minds this weekend," said Ambrose.

"You can have a terrible year and win Bathurst and all is forgiven. There will be plenty of teams out there with that thought in the back of their minds this weekend.

"We just have to make sure we finish and make amends for last year. If that happens you can be sure we will be somewhere near the front.

"I think we have a solid driver combination and we are ready for it."

Ambrose is well aware that this is a big weekend of Ford, which is chasing its first win at Mt Panorama since Jason Bright and Steve Richards won in a SBR Falcon in 1998.

The company recently launched its new BA Falcon road car and will take the covers off its new 2003 racecar on Sunday, when three-time Bathurst winner Dick Johnson takes it for a spin.

There is also a massive double-story marque in Harris Park on pit straight which is home to merchandise sales for all the major Ford teams the structure is so big it car clearly be seen from the top of the mountain.

"You only have to look around to see the commitment from Ford this weekend," said Ambrose.

"The new BA is a fantastic car and I cannot wait to see Dick (Johnson) take the new race car for a few laps on Sunday.

"I would love to put the icing on the cake for them by winning the race on Sunday."

Qualifying for Sunday's big race starts tomorrow.

-sbr-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Jason Bright , Paul Weel , Bob Jane , Dick Johnson , Steve Richards