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.