Nerves hit for Gam­bold

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By CAM POT­TER

KEEP­ING in the essence of grand fi­nal week, Damien Gam­bold and his Ford XD will com­pete in four, 10-lap races at Sandown over the week­end in the Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Masters event.

Form­ing a part of V8 Su­per­cars round for the Sandown 500, Gam­bold and his fa­ther, Noel, have spent the past 12 months and count­less of thou­sands of dol­lars pre­par­ing the car for the big event.

It will also be a his­toric day for the car and the driver, with the XD rac­ing for the first time in 35 years, which is his­toric for the cat­e­gory.

Mo­ti­vated by the Masters race last year, Noel started the process with son and driver, Damien, ready­ing them­selves for the week­end’s rac­ing.

“We had a lot of work to do,” Noel Gam­bold said.

“There were a lot of spec­i­fi­ca­tions that we had to meet with roll cages, fuel pumps, sump pumps and a bet­ter seat and har­ness.

“It has been a long jour­ney, but we are both look­ing for­ward to this week­end.”

For Damien, the nerves have set in, but he is as keen as ever for rac­ing to be­gin.

“It is go­ing to be a good week­end, I hope the weather is okay but Satur­day at this stage isn’t look­ing great with rain ex­pected,” Damien Gam­bold said. “The rain will mix it up a bit. “We won at Sandown two months ago, two days at Win­ton and the car has held up well.

“It has been a big process; we com­pletely changed the set up it has been a lot of hours and money spent on the car.” Gam­bold said the nerves had set in. “There are a lot of nerves, but I am def­i­nitely ex­cited,” he said.

“There are three races on the Satur­day which will keep us pretty busy, es­pe­cially with the weather.”

Gam­bold wanted to thank all the spon­sors that helped him get to Sandown and put him the po­si­tion to com­pete at such a high level.

PHOTO: Cam Pot­ter

NER­VOUS BUT READY: Damien Gam­bold poses with son, Austin, in front of his Ford XD.

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