AMBROSE TO DRIVE GEN3 MUSTANG, REJOIN TV TEAM

Marcos Ambrose will drive the Gen3 Mustang in Tasmania. Pic: Supplied

SUPERCARS legend Marcos Ambrose is set to take up on and off-track roles at the NED Whisky Tasmania SuperSprint on March 26-27.

The Ford hero will turn laps in the category’s Gen3 Ford Mustang prototype at the event, while fellow Supercars champion Garth Tander drives the Chevrolet Camaro.

It’ll mark the first Gen3 laps for both drivers and their running will include with the first passenger ride laps with the new cars.

Ambrose is also slated to join Tander in the television broadcast team across the two-day meeting.

The Tasmanian made a widely lauded debut as a Supercars TV pundit at Symmons Plains last year and also appeared at Hidden Valley, but travel restrictions prevented further cameos.

“I’m excited to be one of the first to drive one of these Gen3 Supercars at home at Symmons Plains,” Ambrose said, having cut laps in Will Davison’s Gen2 Mustang race car at the event last year.

“I’ve driven this track many times in many cars, but to be able to do it in a Gen3 car will be interesting, I have heard a lot about the Gen3 and I’m looking forward to driving it and see what the car feels like from behind the wheel.

“I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it during the broadcast, which I’m very happy to be returning to over the race weekend.

“From what we saw in Sydney a few weeks’ ago, this year’s championship could shake up the order, so I’m really looking forward to what’s to come on track.”

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Ambrose’s Gen3 laps will take place ahead of his recently confirmed race return in a production specification Mustang in the Bathurst 6 Hour at Easter.

Symmons Plains is set to be the first public running for the Gen3 cars following a major makeover intended to fix ergonomic issues that have troubled drivers during early testing.

A switch to a mechanical gear-lever is also expected to be implement prior to Symmons Plains, following a decision to abandon electronic paddle-shift.

The cars were absent from a slated Winton test in late February and the recent Sydney Motorsport Park season-opener while the changes took place.

Testing of the Gen3 prototypes will continue throughout the year ahead of the Repco Supercars Championship adopting the new rule package in 2023.