Decision Looming

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 26/10/2015
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Marcos Ambrose enjoyed his Pirtek Enduro Cup run and says unfortunate results won't affect his decision on driving again next year.

The returning two-time champion paired with DJR Team Penske's full-timer Scott Pye and while the #17 Ford Falcon FG X showed strong pace across the three endurance events, a result went begging for the team.

Pye fought a broken rib at the Gold Coast after a shattering crash at Bathurst, and while they featured in the top 10 a clumsy pitstop cost the team yesterday, culminating in a 21st place finish and overall for the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

After stepping back from driving full-time after just one Championship event this season, Ambrose has said his much-awaited decision on whether he will co-drive next year or not will come after the Gold Coast.

Last night he was still quiet on his decision, but said he did enjoy the campaign with Pye.

"It's the first time I've been a co-driver so it's a little different, but I've certainly enjoyed my time and I felt good behind the wheel," Ambrose told v8supercars.com.au.

"I really enjoyed my laps and we didn't get a result out of the three races but we certainly gave it a good go."

He was cryptic speaking about the future, saying: "I'll just look at all and in time it will be all clear.

"I just want to make sure I'm enjoying it and make sure I can contribute the way I want to.It will all work out in due course."

On the Tuesday after the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, DJR Team Penske announced it would expand to two cars for 2016, with Pye and Fabian Coulthard driving.

Ambrose confirmed he was no longer interested in a full-time gig but that co-driving is something he would consider. While the former champion has two series titles, he is yet to win Bathurst in six attempts.

There has been plenty of support for the 39-year old since his return, and while there have been questions of whether Ambrose would need to jump into another category to remain race fit, he said that was not part of the decision.

"It's just time - I'll look at the landscape with the team and we'll go from there."

Team boss and motoring heavyweight Roger Penske will be present at the next round in Auckland, as will Ambrose, in less than two weeks time.

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