RICHIE STANAWAY CONFIDENT INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE WILL LEAD TO SUCCESS IN SUPERCARS
Richie Stanaway is turning his focus to carving out a career in Supercars, making his maiden solo start in the sport’s feeder Super2 Series this weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“Obviously it’s my first weekend in Super2, so it’s hard to know what to expect, it’s just going to be a matter of focusing on my job and just trying to do the best I possibly can, and then hopefully the result will take care of itself,” said Stanaway.
The 25-year-old New Zealander is set to race in the Super2 event, as well as partnering Monster Energy’s Cameron Waters in the #6 Ford for the Supercars’ Endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast later this year.
“Co-driving with Cam this year, it’s something we’re looking forward to all year, and I think we’re definitely capable of getting results. Obviously, Bathurst being the big one, everyone wants to win Bathurst, so we’ll be aiming to do that, and I think we’re realistically in the running to do that.”
Stanaway has fantastic international pedigree, he has won races overseas within both GP2 and GP3, feeder categories to the Formula One, and he recently wrapped up a successful factory drive for Aston Martin in the World Endurance Championship.
“Having a lot of overseas experience is definitely an advantage for me, obviously most of the guys I’ll be racing against have only raced locally here in Australia, having driven for a manufacturer for multiple years now, racing in GP2 and GP3, and a lot of other categories, it definitely gives me a lot of confidence. It also means I can step into the main series as a co-driver without feeling overwhelmed.”
Stanaway’s achievements overseas are unparalleled to most of his counterparts in the Super2 and Supercars Championships, but to be successful in these unique race cars he needs miles, and to gain as much experience as quickly as possible.
“With my goal being to secure a seat in the main series, obviously that entails getting success in Super2, even though it is my first race weekend I can’t be too over ambitious, but I’ve got my sights set on securing that full-time drive,” Stanaway said.
Prodrive Team Principal Tim Edwards says after such an impressive debut as a co-driver at last year’s Sandown 500, Stanaway has the ability to perform well in the coming rounds of the Enduro Cup.
“It was a great opportunity for Richie this weekend, you know everybody’s talked a lot about his experience overseas, and for us the Enduros are really important. To give him this opportunity to race the car at Sydney on his own this weekend, its perfect timing because it leads into the Enduro races,” Edwards said.
Stanaway will pilot the #6 PRA Super2 Ford in Sydney, with practice kicking off at 10am local time on Friday.