Only a few weeks before making his Triple Eight Enduro debut, Richie Stanaway has signed a remarkable full-time return deal with Penrite Racing.
Only hours after confirming David Reynolds’ departure, Penrite Racing confirmed Stanaway’s signing for the 2024 season.
Reynolds, who joined the team in 2021, will be replaced by Stanaway, who will pair up with fellow New Zealander Matt Payne.
The news is the latest in a succession.
Ridiculous season surprises; only in the past week, Will Brown left Erebus Racing for Triple Eight, who then hired Jack Le Brocq. On Monday, word of Nick Percat’s departure from Walkinshaw Andretti United was also made public.
The announcement comes just four weeks before Stanaway and Shane van Gisbergen’s much anticipated enduro debut at Red Bull Ampol Racing.
The #97 Camaro will be shared by the former GT and open-wheel champion and van Gisbergen for the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 and Repco Bathurst 1000.
Before quitting at the end of the season, the 31-year-old competed for Garry Rogers Racing in 2019 as a full-time competitor.
Stanaway, who had won the Sandown 500 with Cam Waters the year before, joins Tickford Racing’s full-time lineup in 2018. Results were elusive, though, and Stanaway seals comeback switched to GRM.
That relationship also only lasted for one season, and Stanaway seemed lost for forever until Greg Murphy persuaded him to race in a Boost Mobile-sponsored, Erebus AZ24 NEWS-run Bathurst wildcard.
Stanaway seals comeback
When Stanaway qualified for the Bathurst Shootout in awful weather and finished 11th with Murphy, it raised eyebrows. Triple Eight decided to sign him along with van Gisbergen because it was too attractive to pass up.
Ironically, the Triple Eight position became available after Garth Tander switched to Penrite Racing.
Stanaway still possesses the necessary skills to work full-time, according to Van Gisbergen. “He is a driver and is skill enough to work full-time. I’m hoping he succeeds this year.”
Stanaway remark, “I would like to thank Penrite Racing for the fantastic opportunity to be a member of the team next year.”I have been enjoying my time in the Gen3 period thus far, and I’ve been impresse by the path the team has been taking recently.
I’m eager to see what we can accomplish as a team.
Tander was chosen as a co-driver for the 2023 season, making Stanaway the most recent in a long run of lauded victories for the Groves.
Grant McPherson, a Bathurst and championship-winning engineer, and David Cauchi. Who is currently the team principal at Penrite Racing, have both joined the squad in the past two years.
Richie’s caliber of driver gives the team the chance to compete for race victories and championships, said team owner Stephen Grove. “As we continue to expand the race team, securing a driver of Richie’s ability is tremendously exciting,” Grove continued.
“Richie’s experience and suggestions will be very beneficial for the team’s future growth.
“I send Dave my best wishes for his future endeavors and am grateful. For his three seasons of service to the team.”
In the Penrite Oil Sandown 500 on September 15–17 and the Repco Bathurst 1000 on October 5-8, Stanaway will compete alongside van Gisbergen.
A brief statement from the team today revealed the anticipated departure of the Bathurst champion from the group.
Penrite Racing wanted to make a statement about their driver lineup for 2024, it said.
“David Reynolds’ contract with Penrite Racing won’t be extend for 2024. We send Dave our best wishes for his future endeavors.
Stanaway seals comeback
The information shouldn’t come as a surprise because it was originally report that it was plan for late last month.
Reynolds will replace Scott Pye in the #20 Camaro by joining Team 18 alongside Mark Winterbottom.
What it implies for Grove Racing’s naming rights sponsor, Penrite. Which has been intimately associat with Reynolds ever since the two were at Erebus is not totally obvious. The silly season intensifies as a Kiwi star completes a full comeback.
Fox Only a few weeks before making his Triple Eight Enduro debut. Richie Stanaway has signed a remarkable full-time return deal with Penrite Racing.
Getty Images Stanaway appeared to have retired after that collaboration, which lasted only one season. Until he was persuade to compete in a Boost Mobile-sponsore. Erebus AZ24NEWS-run Bathurst wildcard event alongside Greg Murphy.
Ironically, the Triple Eight vacancy arose after Tander switched to Penrite Racing. Stanaway expressed his gratitude to Penrite Racing for the fantastic opportunity to join the squad the next season.