Richie Stanaway will see out the rest of the 2019 Supercars Championship season with Garry Rogers Motorsport, the team has confirmed.

The New Zealander was controversially stood down for Sunday’s second leg of the Gold Coast 600 round and replaced by reserve driver Dylan O’Keeffe for disciplinary reasons; it later emerged that he had missed a scheduled autograph session.

“We dealt with the issue that was relevant at the Gold Coast and you move on from there,” team manager Barry Rogers told the official Supercars website.

“It was never that he was gone for the rest of the year. We had a good chat about it and he knows our expectations. People make mistakes, you deal with the issue and move on.

“You can talk about it forever and ever, but he took a fairly hefty punishment for what happened and he’s moved on from it and we’ve moved on from it. Now it’s about doing our very best for the final two rounds for the year,” added Rogers.

“Really, if you said from niggly little things, was a straw that broke the camel’s back type situation. Something had to be done, Garry made a call, it’s done and dusted now.

“We want Richie in the car, we’ve dealt with what we have had to deal with and now we’ve moved on.”

Stanaway missed several events mid-season when a pre-existing neck injury flared up. He is currently without a confirmed race seat for the 2020 season after GRM announced it was handing back its Racing Entitlements Contracts to Supercars with the outfit being unable to confirm its continued commitment to the series amid ongoing sponsorship challenges.

Now in his second year of full-time racing in Supercars, Stanaway had a poor rookie campaign with Tickford Racing in 2019 and split with the team before moving to GRM where his form struggles – allied to the team’s lack of competitiveness – have continued.

It is rumoured that Boost Mobile, the current naming rights sponsor at GRM, could help to place him in a seat at Walkinshaw Andretti United which will lose the services of TEKNO-bound James Courtney and whose teammate Scott Pye is currently off-contract and likely to also move to pastures new.

Image via Boost Mobile Racing / Garry Rogers Motorsport

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