Marcos Ambrose will hold off from making a decision about his future in V8 Supercars until after October’s event on the Gold Coast.
The two-time champion returned to Australia this year after a decade racing in the United States, but quit as DJR Team Penske’s lead driver following just one championship round.
Ambrose admitted he struggled behind the wheel of his new generation Ford Falcon FG X, and last month said he still felt uncomfortable after a brief practice session in Darwin.
The 38-year-old will return as a co-driver for his replacement Scott Pye at this season’s endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast.
But that’s as far as his commitment goes at this stage.
“I am not going to make any call on anything because it is not fair on anyone,” he told v8supercars.com.au.
“I have to get a chance to get back in the car and support Scott and the team in the endurance role and have a shot to try and win those races.
“We will look at everything once we get through the endurance races and make a timely decision for everybody.
“It’s not just me making the choice either, it’s whether the team wants to put me back in the car as well, so there is a lot going on there and we will just work through the issues as they come.”
Ambrose expressed his frustration at the level of attention he’s received since returning to the championship, suggesting that was partly behind his decision to step aside.
He said the opportunity for him to learn without being on the front page of every national newspaper was “just impossible”.
“I didn’t want to be that guy everyone is looking at because he is running 25th,” he said.
“They don’t understand that you have no practice time in the car, you don’t have any tyres to practice on even when you get there.
“I just didn’t want to be that guy, I didn’t want to let the team down that way.
“So when I came down and saw the landscape and what I was facing, for me it became untenable to keep going the way I was.”