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Richie Stanaway gets co-driver seat with Shane van Gisbergen

Richie Stanaway has gotten the role as co-driver to Shane van Gisbergen for the 2023 Supercars Championship endurance rounds at Triple Eight Race Engineering.

“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the team in 2023,” said Stanaway.

Stanaway, who claimed the 2011 Formula 3 title and drove his last full Supercars season in 2018, replaces Garth Tander who has joined Penrite Racing for 2023.

“It’s a huge opportunity for me and I’m so grateful to work with such an amazing team. It’s the best possible outcome for me after doing the wildcard program at Bathurst last year,” said Stanaway.

“To drive for, arguably, the best team in the field with the best driver in the category is the best-case scenario as a co-driver – I can’t ask for much more than that.

“For now, it’s about preparing as best as I can and getting my racing mileage up as much as possible. I’ll continue to do a lot of simulator work to stay sharp – that was the main way I prepared for Bathurst in 2022.”

Stanaway made his Supercars return at Bathurst last year, racing for Erebus Motorsport with Greg Muprhy in the Bathurst 1000 race, finishing eleventh.

“It’s exciting to team up with Richie this year,” said van Gisbergen.

“It was great to see him come back last year, and he did an awesome job at Bathurst with Murph.

“This year’s enduro season, especially given the Sandown 500 is back, should give him a chance to get acquainted with the team, a feel for the car and an understanding of how we all work – it’s going to be cool.

“He’s been in some good equipment before as a co-driver and winning Sandown back in 2017.

“I think with Triple Eight, he has every opportunity to help us get a good result, and I think he’ll be a huge asset for us.

“Richie will attend all of our test days and ride days, and probably a few races throughout the year as well, just to learn how we approach things and become a part of the team as early as possible.

“So when it comes time to drive he’ll be ready to go.”