After racing in only one occasion, Supercars star James Courtney has walked out on his new crew.
After 9 years with Walkinshaw Andretti United, Courtney introduced final 12 months he was becoming a member of Staff Sydney for the 2020 championship.
The brand new crew has had a rocky begin to life regardless of having the backing of Supercars, who’re determined to have a crew primarily based in Australia’s largest metropolis.
An possession dispute in January virtually scuppered the crew earlier than it had even bought on the monitor, with a reported take care of businessman Rod Salmon collapsing.
Supercars chief government Sean Seamer threw his assist behind the crew earlier than February’s season launch in Sydney, which featured Courtney and a Coca-Cola branded Holden Commodore.
Regardless of that confidence within the Jonathon Webb-led enterprise, Chris Pither was solely confirmed as second driver within the days earlier than final weekend’s season-opening Adelaide 500.
That occasion was an underwhelming debut for the crew.
2010 championship winner Courtney failed to complete Saturday’s race at Adelaide earlier than coming house 15th on Sunday.
Pither completed 19th on Saturday earlier than failing to complete Sunday’s race.
“We have now not been capable of agree on the way in which ahead, so I’ve determined to depart the crew,” Courtney stated in a quick assertion on Saturday.
The 39-year-old says he has no various preparations in place and his rapid racing future is unclear.
Additionally it is unsure what the choice means for Staff Sydney forward of the second cease within the championship on the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne subsequent month.
Pither might effectively compete in a solo-car entry for the crew or a brand new driver could also be signed earlier than the occasion.
Proprietor Webb, who gained the 2016 Bathurst 1000 alongside Will Davison and has over 140 Supercars race begins, might also bounce behind the wheel of the crew’s No.19 Commodore at Albert Park.