Deal Confirmed: Stanaway Makes Supercars Comeback

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F1 was the first to disclose that Stanaway was being considered for a position with Grove Racing just yesterday, during a chaotic Supercars offseason marked by many surprises.

The contract has now been finalized, and Stanaway will be joining fellow New Zealander Matt Payne to race for the Ford team in the upcoming season.

An official announcement regarding the deal is slated for the beginning of next week.

Stanaway’s comeback is particularly significant as he had previously retired not just from Supercars but from motorsport altogether at the close of 2019.

His departure followed a troubled two-year period with Tickford Racing and then Garry Rogers F1 Flow.

However, he was enticed back into racing by Peter Adderton, making an unexpected appearance in an Erebus-managed wildcard at the Bathurst 1000 last year, where he astonished everyone by qualifying in fourth place.

This performance secured him an enduro seat with Triple Eight, where he will be teamed up with Shane van Gisbergen for 2023.

Stanaway is stepping in for David Reynolds at Grove Racing, who is moving to Team 18 and in turn will replace Scott Pye next season.

In other off-season developments, van Gisbergen will transition to NASCAR, Will Brown will fill his spot at Triple Eight, and Jack Le Brocq is moving to Erebus.

These changes have led to an open slot at MSR, and Blanchard Racing Team may be looking for new talent as well, as there are uncertainties surrounding Todd Hazelwood’s continuation with the team.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword Stanaway

Who has Stanaway signed with for his return to Supercars?

Stanaway has signed with Grove Racing and will partner with fellow New Zealander Matt Payne for the Ford team in the upcoming season.

When did Stanaway previously leave motor racing, and why?

Stanaway walked away from motor racing, including Supercars, at the end of 2019. This came after a tumultuous two-year stint with Tickford Racing and then Garry Rogers F1 Flow.

Who will Stanaway replace at Grove Racing?

Stanaway will replace Team 18-bound David Reynolds at Grove Racing.

What other off-season changes have been announced?

Other changes include van Gisbergen heading to NASCAR, Will Brown replacing him at Triple Eight, Jack Le Brocq heading to Erebus, and potential vacancies at MSR and Blanchard Racing Team.

What was Stanaway’s surprise achievement at the Bathurst 1000 last year?

Stanaway shocked the paddock by qualifying fourth in an Erebus-run wildcard at the Bathurst 1000 last year.

Who is set to replace David Reynolds, and where is Reynolds moving?

David Reynolds is set to move to Team 18, and he will replace Scott Pye next season.

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racing_fan101 August 19, 2023 - 7:17 pm

whats this with van Gisbergen heading to NASCAR, that’s crazy news. really did not see that coming, anyone else?

Mike42 August 19, 2023 - 10:56 pm

So glad to see Stanaway back in the game! Grove Racing’s made a good choice, Can’t wait to see how this season pans out.

Jenny_T August 20, 2023 - 12:26 am

i must say im not happy about the moves, liked the old line-up better i guess changes are inevitable

BillyBob88 August 20, 2023 - 6:46 am

Stanaway was gr8 at Bathurst last year, he totally earned his place. Let’s see if the comeback lasts, good luck to him.

KiwiSupporter August 20, 2023 - 8:10 am

Stanaway and Payne in the same team?? As a Kiwi myself, I’m stoked! Go Ford!


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