Volvo Polestar Racing boss Garry Rogers has hinted that struggling driver David Wall will find himself without a drive next season, as the team continues to keep an active eye on the V8 Supercars Championship driver market.
Now in his fourth season of full-time driving in the V8 Supercars Championship, Wall has so far struggled to make an impression, with his best championship placing being 21st overall in 2013 and 2014, driving for Britek Motorsport and Dick Johnson Racing respectively.
Wall joined Volvo Polestar Racing at the start of 2015 with long-time backers Payce Consolidated and Wilson Security – the latter assumed naming rights sponsorship of the team – on a two-year deal, but has once again failed to make any kind of impression and run well off his teammate’s pace.
He currently sits 23rd in the championship standings – twelve places behind teammate Scott McLaughlin – with a best race finish of fifteenth. By contrast, McLaughlin has achieved two pole positions and one podium finish, with his potential tempered by a number of mechanical reliability problems on his car.
The 32-year-old has attracted some criticism from fellow drivers after being involved in a number of incidents this season, and was recently described alongside Brad Jones Racing driver Dale Wood as “one of the cash cows of the category” by fellow driver Nick Percat.
While Wall and his sponsors have a two-year deal with Volvo Polestar Racing, it is understood that the second year of Wall’s contract will only be honoured if he meets strict performance clauses.
“David is still contracted to drive here, but everything is based on performance,” team boss Garry Rogers told the Speed Café website. “We’re looking at what our options are.
“It’s no different for McLaughlin. If he was running last every day his contract wouldn’t be any good either.”
The big players in the driver market are the off-contract Fabian Coulthard and David Reynolds, who currently race for Brad Jones Racing and Ford Performance Racing (Rod Nash Racing).
Its star driver Scott McLaughlin is locked in until the end of next year and if the identity of his teammate remains in question he could well have his fourth different teammate in as many seasons.
Rogers is known to have little patience for underperforming drivers, having previously dispensed with the services of Alexandre Prémat and Robert Dahlgren, whose contracts were terminated at the end of 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Rogers rejected criticism that his team was only capable of fully supporting one car in its two-car stable.
“It’s a focus every single minute we’re here, to have both cars operating the best they can,” he retorted. “Our place is open, every one can look at what we do. There’s no number one or two, we don’t have any of that crap going on.”
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