New Zealand racer Richie Stanaway will make his Porsche Carrera Cup Australia debut this weekend at Albert Park, marking a return to racing for the 21-year-old driver.
Stanaway was involved in a horror Formula Renault 3.5 crash at Spa-Francorchamps last June, breaking two vertebrae and ending his 2012 on-track campaign.
Sidelined for several months, Stanaway returns this weekend with Team Kiwi Racing at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, competing in a second entry from the New Zealand outfit alongside current Team Kiwi Racing driver Shae Davies.
Stanaway, who will also race in the 2013 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, is excited to make his motorsport comeback in Carrera Cup Australia with Team Kiwi Racing.
“I feel fine, but as this is my first race since my back injury I am unsure as to how I will go this weekend under race conditions,” said Stanaway.
“This opportunity means so much to me as six months ago I thought I might never race again. I am just so excited and I would like to thank everyone involved who has made this possible.”
Stanaway added he is pleased to join the all-Porsche championship with New Zealand team, Team Kiwi Racing.
“As a Kiwi driver I am proud to be driving a Team Kiwi Racing car, just as many of New Zealand’s top drivers have over the years.”
Stanaway has won four consecutive championship titles in his short motor racing career, taking outright victory in the 2008 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship, 2009 New Zealand Toyota Racing Series, 2010 Formula Masters and 2011 German Formula Three Championship.
Stanaway also competed in four races of the 2011 GP3 Series, taking one race win, and contested five races of the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series before his crash at the Belgian circuit cut his season short.
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia will begin its second round of the 2013 season at Albert Park this Thursday March 14, 2013.