Thursday, Jul 11 04:38pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Neck injury still casts doubt over Richie Stanaway return

A return to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship keeps getting pushed back as an ongoing neck niggle plagues Richie Stanaway.


Garry Rogers Motorsport have confirmed Stanaway is unlikely to race at the Ipswich SuperSprint over 26-28 July.


It means the team are set to make a call on the line-up of the Boost Mobile Racing squad for the event and possibly the remainder of the season.


Stanaway missed the most recent rounds at Darwin and Townsville and earlier had to sit out the Sunday of the Winton round. In that time he was replaced by Chris Pither and then Michael Caruso.


“At this point, it will be very unlikely that he’s driving at Ipswich,” Team Director Barry Rogers told


“He was in seeing us yesterday (Tuesday), and he’s had little setbacks and (the recovery) moves forward and then it sets back again.


“There will be a decision made this week about what we do at Ipswich.”


The former single seater ace is currently slated to join Chris Pither in the Enduro Cup, but the situation may change if Stanaway’s recovery doesn’t improve.


“I would think we would have to make a call this week to be honest with you,” Rogers said of the decision on a possible replacement.


“We need to decide on what happens if he’s not going to be right for that.”


Michael Caruso was effectively on loan from Tickford Racing at the Townsville 400. He’ll join Cameron Waters in the Enduro Cup later this year.


Chris Pither, last year’s Dunlop Super2 Series winner, would seem a likely fit to replace Stanaway on a full-time basis for the remainder of the year if push comes to shove. Garry Rogers Motorsport also has Dylan O’Keeffe and Mason Barbera in his Super2 Series quad this year.