06 Dec 2017
By Matthew Agius
JUST ONE drive in the Adelaide 500 is to be filled in 2018 following confirmation Richie Stanaway will be on the grid with Prodrive Racing Australia in the #56 Ford FGX Falcon.
The New Zealander will drive the fourth car in the Prodrive stable, joining Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters.
Stanaway drove with Waters in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Series and took out honours in the Sandown 500.
He also led at Bathurst and took out second place in the Gold Coast 600.
That experience came on the back of his background in Formula 2, GP3 and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 26-year-old described the long-expected confirmation at Prodrive as a dream come true.
“It’s been a childhood dream for me to race in Supercars, so it’s great to check that off the bucket list,” Stanaway said.
“The first objective is always just to get into the series but there’s a big difference between participating in the sport and being successful.
“I’m aware that I’ve got a long road ahead of me and a lot to learn, but I’m really motivated.
“I’m putting my best foot forward, and want to learn as much as I possibly can in my rookie season. I’m expecting it to be tough, that’s just a realistic approach.”
Stanaway effectively replaces Jason Bright, who retired at the end of last season after more than 20 years racing in the category.
Prodrive acquired one of the former Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport racing entitlement contracts to continue running its fourth entry in 2018.
“Having Richie join the team really completes the package for us,” said Prodrive team principal Tim Edwards.
“We’ll head into 2018 with four great drivers in four fast cars, and we believe we’ll be a threat to win any time out.
“We’ve elevated our expectations for next season, and we can’t wait to hit the track.”
Prodrive’s line-up confirmation leaves just one seat in the field vacant – the Tekno Autosport drive left open following the move of Will Davison to the new 23Red Racing team.
Another emerging talent in Jack Le Brocq is expected to be handed that opportunity.
The Adelaide 500 will run from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 March 2018. Tickets are on sale now.
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