MARCOS AMBROSE'S HOPES of making a one-off V8 Supercar comeback have been scuppered after the former two-time series champion failed to find a drive.
Ambrose, who currently sits in 18th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had hoped to claim a wildcard entry to the Sydney 500, but was rejected due to a limit in the number of racing licenses available.
The Tasmanian then approached a plethora of outfits in the hope of forcing a regular series driver aside only to be unanimously rejected despite the promise of introducing extra sponsorship.
Ambrose attempted to revive a license returned to V8 Supercars this year, but regulations again stood in the 33-year-old?s way.
?I got turned down - I had sponsors in play and everything ready to go. I thought it would be very cool to go back and see old friends and have a race or two and they wouldn't let me in,? Ambrose said.
V8 Supercar boss Tony Cochrane told AAP he was disappointed the series was unable to facilitate an Ambrose comeback, which would have added plenty of interest ahead of the final round.
?That licence which was taken back has ceased to exist, so it just can't be used any more,? he said.
?We're obviously disappointed that Marcos won't be able to drive but I can understand why (no one is prepared to give up their car).
?These guys drive all year and this is their grand finale, so they obviously want to take part.?
After Holden?s Will Davison crashed out of the final race at Barbagallo at the weekend, series leader Jamie Whincup will head into the ultimate round at Homebush virtually assured of claiming a second consecutive championship.