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Am­brose at Ford

MAR­COS Am­brose says he has come ‘‘full cir­cle’’, re­turn­ing to Ford this year in the Nascar Sprint Cup af­ter driv­ing for Toy­ota. Am­brose joins the fa­mous Richard Petty Mo­tor­sports team along­side A.J. All­mendinger with the first race at Day­tona on Fe­bru­ary 20. ‘‘I started my pro­fes­sional rac­ing ca­reer with Ford Aus­tralia and now here I amin the heart of my Nascar ca­reer and come straight back to the Ford fam­ily.’’ He says there is ‘‘a lot of pres­tige’’ about be­ing as­so­ci­ated with Petty and he ex­pects to win races this year.

Mof­fat hits track

TWO fa­mous names in Aus­tralian motorsport will join this year when Al­lan Mof­fat’s son, James, races for Dick John­son in the Jim Beam Rac­ing team in the V8 Su­per­cars Se­ries. Mof­fat joins Steven John­son and will be in the No.18 FG Fal­con of cham­pion James Court­ney, who has switched to Holden.

Dav­i­son moves on

SEC­OND in 2009, HRT driver Will Dav­i­son dropped to 22nd last year in the V8 Su­per­car stand­ings. This year he switches from Holden to Ford to drive for FPR, join­ing Mark Win­ter­bot­tom and Paul Dum­brell. ‘‘I am tremen­dously ex­cited about my move to Ford and FPR — they are the com­ing team, with­out doubt,’’ he says. Dav­i­son’s first drive in his Trad­ing Post FPR Ford Fal­con will be at the of­fi­cial sea­son-open­ing V8 Su­per­car test day at East­ern Creek, Syd­ney, to­mor­row.

Targa Wrest Point

YEARS of ve­hi­cle re­fine­ment have given Tas­ma­nian Tony War­ren a com­pet­i­tive edge to de­fend his 4WD Show­room ti­tle in this week­end’s Targa Wrest Point. War­ren and co-driver Natasha De­niese won the class last year with their 2006 Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion IX. Their main com­pe­ti­tion will come from new, but less proven ve­hi­cles such as the Lancer Evo­lu­tion X mod­els.

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