Richie Stanaway secures full time V8s drive

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NZN,
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Motorsport,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 8:46AM
Kiwi driver Richie Stanaway will race fulltime in V8 Supercar series. (Photo \ Photosport)
Kiwi driver Richie Stanaway will race fulltime in V8 Supercar series. (Photo \ Photosport)

After two seasons of hard yards as a co-driver, New Zealand's Richie Stanaway will take up a full-time driving berth in next year's V8 Supercars championship.

Stanaway has inked a deal with Prodrive Racing as one of their four drivers for 2018, completing a long-held goal.

The 26-year-old was a co-driver in the latter part of this year for eighth- placed Australian Cameron Waters, having also performed that role a year earlier for Chris Pither in the Super Black Racing team.

Stanaway and Waters combined well, most notably when winning from pole in their first race together at the Sandown 500 in September.

The Tauranga driver's promotion follows stints in single seaters, sports cars, and touring cars. He is the only full-time driver to have competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and also boasts race victories in the World Endurance Championship, Formula 2, and GP3.

"It's been coming along for a while, but it's good to finally have the deal done," Stanaway, who will drive a Ford Falcon, said.

"It's been a childhood dream for me to race in Supercars, so it's great to check that off the bucket list."

He joins Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert and Waters in the team's four-driver line-up.

Stanaway will hope to add to the growing Kiwi influence among the leading lights in the championship.
Other Kiwis already signed for next year are 2016 champion Shane van Gisbergen, 2017 runner-up Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Andrew Heimgarter.

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