David Wall will not race full-time with the Volvo Polestar Racing GRM team in next V8 Supercars Championship season, the team has announced.
“We are in discussions with David in regards to remaining with the team as an endurance driver for season 2016,” the team said in a brief statement.
“We will make an announcement regarding our driver of the 34 car in due course.”
The 32-year-old has failed to translate the speed that saw him net two Australian GT Championship titles into four years of full-time racing in the V8 Supercars Championship. In over 130 race starts to-date, Wall’s best finish has been a fifth place.
This year has seen Wall summarily outpaced by his teammate, the highly-rated Scott McLaughlin, with just a pair of fifteenth-placed finishes as his best race results.
He currently sits 24th in the Drivers’ Championship standings; McLaughlin is placed ninth and on course to move higher up the standings on the basis of recent form.
That Wall has remained in the category as long as he has is in no small part to the considerable commercial backing he has brought along from Wilson Security and Payce Consolidated in stints at Brad Jones Racing (2012-13), Dick Johnson Racing (2014) and GRM (2015).
He was something of a surprise signing to GRM at the start of the season, although erstwhile team owner Garry Rogers was savvy enough to negotiate that Wall’s contract would be independent of the two-year naming rights deal he signed with Wilson Security to have primary sponsorship of the team’s two Volvo S60 cars.
Wall’s sacking was widely expected given his struggles and Rogers’ well-documented lack of patience with drivers who cannot cut the mustard.
The official announcement comes shortly after the news that James Moffat will leave Nissan Motorsport after three seasons with the squad; it is expected that GRM will shortly announce his appointment to the team for 2016.
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