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Motorsports has taken Richie Stanaway all over the world, and in 2018, it will bring him back to his home continent. After a pair of stints as an Enduro Cup co-driver for Tickford Racing, Stanaway jumps up to the main game in Car 56 for 2018 and beyond.
His promotion comes after a shining role as co-driver to Cameron Waters in 2017, winning on the pair’s debut at the Sandown 500, leading the most laps at the Bathurst 1000, and scoring runners-up honours in the Saturday race at Gold Coast en route to a third place finish in the Enduro championship.
The year prior, Stanaway made his Supercars debut with the team’s customer entry Super Black Racing as co-driver to Chris Pither. The 26-year old turned heads when he drove his Ford from 21st to third in wet conditions on slick tyres at Sandown, and consistently impressed during the Enduro campaign that led to a return effort in 2017, and then up to Supercars full time in 2018.
Even at 26 years old, the Kiwi boasts one of the most diverse resumes in the Supercars paddock. He made his car racing debut in 2007 in the Formula First winter series, followed by a third place run in the NZ Formula First 2007-08 championship. A year later, Stanaway claimed the NZ Formula Ford title.
The championship win in his home country propelled him to a chance in the final three rounds of Germany’s ADAC Formel Masters 2009. He returned in 2010 to dominate the championship, winning 12 of 18 races he competed in and clinching the title with three races remaining.
Stanaway moved on to winning the German Formula 3 championship in 2011 while also making four GP3 starts, winning the sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps.
A partial 2012 season in Formula Renault 3.5 led him to a number of sports car drives in 2013, with partial seasons in Supercup, Grand-Am, and the LMGTE Pro class of WEC with Aston Martin Racing. 2014 saw a return to Aston Martin in WEC alongside a full time ride in GP3, where he won two races and placed eighth overall.
Debuting in GP2 in 2015, Stanaway claimed wins at Monaco and Russia over the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne, Alexander Rossi, and Pierre Gasly, among others en route to tenth in the championship despite missing the last three races. Stanaway also made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where his Aston Martin won the pole.
Stanaway’s performances with Aston Martin led him to receive call backs for the 2016 and 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, and have been his only form of racing outside of Supercars since 2015. As part of preparations for his co-driver role in 2017, Stanaway was entered in the Super2 round at Sydney Motorsport Park in August 2017, where he finished in the top four in each of the four races, and scored a win in the final race of the weekend.