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From an early age, Marcos Ambrose showed signs of his considerable driving talent. Raised in Tasmania, he collected nine state and one national title in karting ranks before stepping up to the Australian Formula Ford championship in 1996.
In 1998,Ambrose relocated to England in pursuit of his Formula One dream. His rapid progress continued in 1999 when he took out the Eurocup Formula Ford Championship and was equal third in the British national series after finishing fifth in 1998.
After a disappointing season trying to break into Formula Three in 2000,Ambrose returned to Australia at the end of 2000 and was quickly snapped up by the Stone Brothers Racing team.
He was V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year in 2001 and broke through for his first race win in the series in 2002.Ambrose won six of the 13 rounds in 2003 to take out the V8 Supercar Championship, the first for Ford in six years. He remains one of the elite competitors in the series in his Pirtek Racing BA Falcon.
Sean Callander has been covering local, national and international sport for almost two decades. He has reported on a number of the world's top sporting events including the 1998 and 2002 World Cup soccer tournaments.
From 1996-2000 he was regional editor of Fairfax Community Newspapers, and in 2001 was sports editor of the Melbourne Express.
He joined Geoff Slattery Publishing (GSP) in 2003 and is a senior writer and editor with GSP and GSP Books. He was co-author of the 2004 Australian Sports Diary.