Former V8 Supercars champion Marcos Ambrose says he won’t make an announcement on his racing future at this weekend’s Gold Coast 600.
The two-time champion is taking part in what could possibly be his last appearance behind the wheel on the streets of Surfers Paradise, after stepping away from a full-time drive with Dick Johnson Racing Team Penske earlier this year.
The Tasmanian is almost certain to be named as one of DJR Team Penske’s co-drivers for next year’s endurance races, but says he won’t be making any formal calls this weekend.
“I have said for many months that I would get to the end of the endurance series and assess what I wanted to do in the future,” he said.
“I am stepping away from full time driving, but not necessarily hanging up the helmet.”
Ambrose’s much-heralded return to V8s after 10 years racing in the United States with NASCAR failed to match the hype.
The 39-year-old only competed in one championship event as a full-time driver, returning later in the year for the endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and Surfers Paradise.
He says there is still a passion to race despite his decision to walk away from a full-time role.
“I am really enjoying the family life back in Tasmania and having time with Sonja and the kids,” Ambrose said.
“But I am also a racer and love racing cars. So now it is time to step back and see what the future holds.
“DJR Team Penske has made some real gains this year and I understand that there is a co-drive with the team should we go that way.”