The highly-rated Richie Stanaway will return to the Australian Supercars Championship for a second season as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver after being named alongside lead driver Cameron Waters in the Prodrive Racing Australia FG X Falcon backed by the Monster energy drink group.

The New Zealander has an impressive record in open-wheel and GT racing. A winner of the German Formula Masters and German Formula 3 championship titles, Stanaway subsequently proved himself to be a race-winner during stints in the Formula Renault, GP3 Series and GP2 Series.

Last year, Stanaway made his Supercars debut in the Prodrive-run Super Black Racing team as co-driver to Chris Pither, and impressed with his immediate turn of speed in unfamiliar equipment.

His performances proved enough of an attraction for Prodrive to retain his services for a second season, and he will now partner Waters in the team’s #6 entry at the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 rounds that form the Pirtek Enduro Cup leg of the season.

Stanaway joined Waters in the Adelaide pit lane for the announcement ahead of this weekend’s season-opening Clipsal 500 round, and to unveil the car’s striking new livery scheme it will run in 2017.

“It’s great to be back in for the Supercars endurance season this year; especially with a brand that’s as powerful as Monster Energy,” said Stanaway.

“Cam finished a strong P4 at Bathurst last year and drove a great race, so the plan is to go better this year and stand on the podium at The Mountain.

“Supercars are an amazing piece of machinery and I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel with one of the up and coming stars of the sport.”

Stanaway replaces Waters’ 2016 co-driver, Jack Le Brocq, who moves across to Nissan Motorsport this year.

A winner of the feeder Dunlop Series title in 2015, Waters was promoted to the main game in 2016 by Prodrive Racing. He finished 19th overall in the standings, with his best results being a fourth place in the final race at Adelaide; he and Le Brocq later matched the result at the Bathurst 1000.

Image via Prodrive Racing Australia

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