Neck pain that saw Richie Stanaway withdraw from the Winton round of the Australian Supercar Championship a fortnight ago will prevent the Kiwi driver from competing at Darwin this weekend.
Substitute Chris Pither will again step into the #33 Boost Mobile Racing Holden for the BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown.
“Following Richie’s medical withdrawal from Race 14 of the Supercars Championship at Winton Raceway, he has been undergoing treatment from Supercars doctor, Dr Carl,” read a team statement.
“Due to the recurrence of neck issues originating from a high speed accident at Spa in a Formula Renault 3.5 in 2012, he has been advised by Dr. Carl and a neurosurgeon to undergo further treatment to be fit and race ready for Townsville.
“Since Winton, Richie’s health had been improving on a daily basis, yet he suffered a set back a couple of days ago.
“As per Winton, Richie’s Enduro Cup partner and GRM TCR Driver, Chris Pither will fill in for Richie and race the #33 Boost Mobile Commodore at Darwin.”
Pither will hope to carry on his form from Winton Raceway where he finished a credible 14th in Sunday’s race.