Marcos Ambrose - 1998
The Supercars champion and NASCAR race winner has a unique link to Formula Ford. The Van Diemen brand was co-founded by his father Ross, the name a nod to the family’s home state of Tasmania in Australia. A fairytale Festival win in a factory Van Diemen beckoned for Ambrose in 1998, only for Jenson Button and the slightest of tactical miscalculations to intervene.
“I knew Jenson would have car speed on me. I had the lead and I was covering my lines really tightly. On that short Brands Hatch layout, you can basically hold the inside line the whole way around. It was a tense race and he was trying everything to get past, but I could check every move. I was being pig-headed, I was defending about as hard as you can defend.
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