Richie Stanaway is set to return to racing home in a V8-powered Toyota Camry at Pukekohe Park this weekend.
The 29-year-old will compete in a one-hour race in the North Island Endurance Series, the final stop of the four-round season.
Stanaway will be led by Richards Team Motorsport in the touring car built by Mitchell Race Xtreme.
The TLX specification Toyota Camry is characteristic of the car of the future of the early 2010s and achieves similar lap times to Supercars at Pukekohe Park.
The outing comes in preparation for his Bathurst 1000 wildcard alongside quadruple Grand Race winner Greg Murphy and marks the first time Stanaway has raced in New Zealand since retiring from full-time driving at the end of 2019.
âIt will be a perfect opportunity to get some sitting time,â Stanaway told Speedcafe.com.
âBeing out of the seat for so long, anytime in the car from here to Bathurst will be very helpful. I can not wait to see him.
âIt’s good to get back into my head and get back into this thinking process of what to drive.
âI’ve done a bit of simulator work, but I don’t think seeing the road coming your way in real life is really replaceable.
“It’s going to be good to go back off and get my mind going again and feel a car under me again and feel it a little bit.”
Stanaway’s co-driver Murphy will also compete in the endurance series, driving an Audi TT RS VLN with Shane Helms over the course of the three hours.
For Stanaway, the race is an opportunity in a discreet setting to put their heads back in the game.
âI’m really looking forward to it, especially in a more relaxed environment,â he said.
“It’s going to be a good event just to put the helmet back on and get back into a car without too much pressure.”
Fox Sports 506 and the Kayo streaming service will cover the race.
A two-hour non-televised race will also take place at the reunion, which is showcased by the three hours which features a handful of FIA GT3 cars alongside home-made machinery.