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