Richie Stanaway the latest Kiwi driver to secure Supercars driver role

Kiwi motorsport will have another reason to smile in 2018, with driver Richie Stanaway the latest New Zealander to secure a Supercars drivers role.

Having completed the 2017 season as a co-driver for Prodrive Racing, Stanaway, 26, ascends to a fulltime driver's role for the new season with the same team.

The move comes on the back of an impressive season with Prodrive for Stanaway, most notably seeing the Kiwi driver lead for 63 laps at Bathurst earlier this year.

"It's been coming along for a while, but it's good to finally have the deal done," Stanaway said.

"It's been a childhood dream for me to race in Supercars, so it's great to check that off the bucket list."

Stanaway joins the likes of Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane Van Gisbergen as Kiwi drivers in the Supercars championship for 2018.

He will drive the number 56 Ford Falcon FG X when the Supercars season begins in March.


'He just has nerves of steel' – US motorsport legend backs Scott Dixon if he ever considered switch to NASCAR

Kiwi IndyCar driver Scott Dixon would have no trouble switching to racing in NASCAR, motorsport legend Tony Stewart says.

Stewart, 46, is the only driver in history to win championship titles in both IndyCar and NASCAR, but believes that Kiwi racing stalwart Dixon could be one to emulate his achievements - should he want to cross over.

"When he's in the racecar, he can just lock in on the task at hand," Stewart told 1 NEWS.

"It's really hard to rattle him - he just has nerves of steel."

"If he wanted to, he could have had an opportunity for sure (to race in NASCAR)."

"I think Scott is one of those guys that given the right opportunity, he could be successful in NASCAR, if that's what he chose to do."

Tony Stewart was full of praise for the Kiwi IndyCar superstar. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Formula 1 unveils new logo for 2018 season - and Lewis Hamilton hates it

Formula 1's owners have unveiled a new logo for a "new era" of racing starting next season, but the change hasn't been welcomed by some fans and drivers - including the current F1 champion.

The redesign by Liberty Media replaces the logo which was introduced 23 years ago by former F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone.

It's the latest move by the American owners after they acquired F1 for NZ$12.3 billion in January with the hope the new design would help broaden the championship's appeal to attract new audiences.

But moments after its reveal during the podium ceremony at yesterday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton questioned why the logo needed to change.

"The old one was iconic, and the new one isn't," Hamilton said.

"Imagine if Ferrari changed theirs."

Abu Dhabi winner Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel also queried the wisdom of the rebrand with both insisting they preferred the old design.

F1's new American commercial boss, Sean Bratches, said the new logo would build stronger connections with fans.

"Our new brand identity symbolises the wider transformation taking place in Formula One as we aim to broaden the sport's appeal, attract new audiences and build stronger connections with existing fans," he said.

"We set out to create a logo that captures the speed and excitement of the pinnacle of motorsport and this reveal signals the beginning of a new era for Formula One.

"To be able to launch it here at the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi provides a great end to what has been an exciting year of racing and we look forward to an ever more engaging and immersive experience for all F1 fans in 2018."