Marcos Ambrose looks to salvage lost season in V8 Supercars, has had no issues ‘moving on’ from NASCAR

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Even though it has been pretty much of a lost season for him in Australia’s V8 Supercars series, Marcos Ambrose believes he can still find some success before the racing year is over.

Despite the fact he’s missed almost the entire season up to this point – by choice – Ambrose is ready to reach back for some old magic at one of his homeland’s biggest races of the year, Bathurst, in October, according to FoxSports.com.au.

And even though the V8 Supercar series has severe limits on practice sessions, which has further compounded Ambrose’s problems with so little time behind the wheel, he still hopes to get back into the swing in a test session Friday at Australia’s noted Queensland Raceway.

“I think we can be competitive at Bathurst,” Ambrose said, FoxSports.com.au reported. “We’re going to have our best shot at winning those endurance races.

“Driving again is about getting back on time for the enduros, getting some seat time. I’ll do my very best and that’s why I’m going to be at (Queensland) at 8:40 on a Friday morning on used tires on a green track. I’ll just do what I can do. I’m not planning a time attack or anything.”

On one hand, Ambrose has been fortunate in that teammate Scott Pye has stepped up and kept the DJR Team Penske Falcon competitive. That was the car and team Ambrose left NASCAR for at the end of last season, with hopes of adding to the two Supercars championships he earned in 2003 and 2004 in his home land.

“My experience hasn’t been a good one,” Ambrose admitted. “It’s a difficult series to break into. It’s tough, it’s tough for anyone to get in.

“It’s just the level it’s come to. That’s OK, that’s what we’ll do.”

Even with the struggles he’s had in reacquainting himself with his former style of racing and the vehicles themselves, Ambrose has not second-guessed himself about moving on from NASCAR.

“It hasn’t been bad for me at all,” he said. “Moving on from NASCAR racing in America, I haven’t had any issues. It’s been very easy for me to move on. I’m not sitting there on a Sunday and wishing I was driving the car.”

And while the 12-hour race at Bathurst is definitely on Ambrose’s dance card, he’s still not saying whether he’ll return to racing in 2016 or not.

“I’ve telegraphed pretty clearly that I’m going to do the endurance races this year and not going to think about anything until then,” he said. “The stars will naturally align. When I stood back from the car (when he took a leave of absence early on this season due to his lack of ability to adapt), the very minimum I was going to do was the endurance races.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone about anything (after this season). I’m not in discussion with anyone about anything.”

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Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.