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MARCOS AMBROSE is spearheading a new driver evaluation and training program at Garry Rogers Motorsport, dubbed ‘GRM Combine – Driven by Marcos Ambrose’.

Slated to take place in late 2021, the initiative will offer emerging young drivers four days of track time at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway and Baskerville Raceway.

Participants will drive GRM’s TCR, Trans Am and S5000 racecars and receive coaching from Ambrose, GRM’s TCR drivers James Moffat and Dylan O’Keeffe, and S5000 pilots James Golding and Nathan Herne.

The professional drivers will also set benchmark laps for participants of the Combine.

Hyundai Excels and Mygale Formula Fords will be used to familiarise drivers with front-wheel drive and open-wheel machinery before laps in the TCR and S5000 cars respectively.

Those deemed suitable will get to drive the S5000 cars. Pic: Supplied

Skid pan sessions and passenger laps with GRM’s professional drivers in TCR cars will also form part of the program, while a week of work experience at GRM’s race facility in Dandenong South, Victoria is optional.

That allows participants to follow in the footsteps of many GRM race drivers who have developed their motorsport and mechanical understanding by working as part of the GRM team.

Ambrose, who recently joined GRM as its competition director, witnessed similar ‘Combine’ programs during his nine-year stint racing in the USA and is excited to bring it to Australia.

“One of the critical factors for drivers aspiring to a motorsport career, and their families and sponsors, is knowing what path to take in the sport,” said Ambrose.

“The GRM Combine is a chance for young drivers to sample a variety of high-level racecars – from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive V8 and open wheel – and see where they are at with the coaching and benchmarking of GRM’s pro drivers.

“Our intent is to assist drivers and their families with identifying that next step.

“The other element we are passionate about is educating young race drivers, which ultimately creates better drivers and improves the quality of racing.

“With what I have learnt in my career, and with the knowledge of GRM’s current drivers, we can distil our experiences for the benefit of participants in the Combine.

“This is not a driver search or an audition, but at the same time we are always looking for the next wave of talent and anyone who displays the right skills and attitude could certainly end up racing for GRM in TCR, S5000 or Trans Am.

“Fundamentally, this is all about the best form of training a driver can get – that’s track time, and in racecars which are at the upper levels of the sport.”

Those interested in more information on the ‘GRM Combine – Driven by Marcos Ambrose’, including costings and program inclusions, are encouraged to enquire via email; combine@grmotorsport.com.au

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