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.