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Ambrose: My Adelaide record means zip

Gordon Lomas

Tuesday 24th February, 2015 - 4:00am

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Marcos Ambrose enjoyed a golden run in Adelaide earlier last decade

Marcos Ambrose enjoyed a golden run in Adelaide earlier last decade

Marcos Ambrose will go into his second V8 Supercars era with a clean slate, content to ignore his slick record at Adelaide’s blockbuster Clipsal 500.

Ambrose recorded five individual race victories in his nine previous Adelaide race starts.

Double successes in 2004 and 2005 ensure that he enters this weekend aiming for a fifth straight win at the venue.

The Tasmanian also has an impressive qualifying record on the street circuit, recording an average starting position of just 3.4.

The 38-year-old departed V8s after the 2005 season to forge a career in NASCAR before calling time on his stock car venture to return to to Australia with the newly amalgamated DJR Team Penske this year.

“I certainly feel my prior history in Adelaide means nothing,” Ambrose told Speedcafe.com

“I’m staring down the barrel at this first race in 2015 and we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.

“I’ve got some catching up to do.

“These guys we are racing against have really refined their product and have refined their skill set.”

Admitting that akin to his wildcard run at the Sydney 500 last December, the 2003 and 2004 V8 champion will be ‘learning on the fly’ in Adelaide.

Remembering his Adelaide experiences earlier last decade, Ambrose is unperturbed about the physical stress but is more aware that he needs to nail his qualifying pace.

“I haven’t run on new tyres more than once or twice (since he’s returned to V8s) and certainly I feel like I haven’t got the most out of the new tyre yet and I’ve got to work on that,” he said.

“I think picking up the speed for qualifying.”

Ambrose was hamstrung at his Sydney return, struggling to come to grips with his braking technique which he was less reliant on during his stint in NASCAR.

The former Stone Brothers ace said it is important to effect proper braking modulation for slow corners following a high-speed straight to boost his lap speed.

“It’s all about feel coming back through the brake pedal and it’s not what I’ve been used to,” he said.

“The brakes are way more efficient. They stop a lot better than what I’m used to in a Cup car.

“So I just have to learn to not over-brake the car and get some feel back through the brake pedal.”

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