RICHIE STANAWAY PURSUES SUPERCARS DRIVE
Factory Aston Martin WEC driver Richie Stanaway has declared his intentions of securing a Supercars drive for 2018.
The New Zealander, who will co-drive with Cam Waters in the Pirtek Enduro Cup, expressed his interest in a recent article in the NZ Herald.
“The only thing that interests me is V8 Supercars so that is the only thing on the radar,” Stanaway told the NZ Herald.
“I am not planning on going back to Europe.” he continued.
It’s not the first time that Stanaway has signalled his intentions of gaining a full time drive in the Supercars Championship.
After a successful campaign in last year’s endurance races with Chris Pither and SuperBlack Racing, he made a similar declaration, admitting that his dream of driving in Formula 1 was now over.
The rumour mill then suggested he would drive from SuperBlack this year. However, that REC was sold to Tim Blanchard and Jason Bright moved his Britek operation over to Prodrive during a busy offseason.
However Stanaway reiterated that he doesn’t want to drive just any car, and that he is looking to join a competitive team.
“The tough thing is I do want to be in a competitive car – I don’t want to take a drive in a car too far down the grid, That limits the options a lot but that’s what I will be trying to do.” he said.
That doesn’t leave a lot of options for Stanaway. With most of the prime Supercars seats already locked in for next year, his best bet trying to convince Jason Bright to retire from full time driving, in order to remain within the Prodrive team.
Stanaway doesn’t doubt his ability and is looking to make a name for himself at Bathurst later in the year.
“The target for us is obviously to win Bathurst and I think it is not too unrealistic to say that. I’m solid enough as a co-driver and then he jumps in to finish the race off. If we had a good run there is no reason why we couldn’t win so that is what we will work towards.” he said
“It would be career-changing not only for me but for Cam as well.”
If he can win Bathurst and talk Bright into retirement, there just might be a seat for the ambitious Kiwi.
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Date posted: July 13, 2017