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RICHIE Stanaway’s return to the Repco Supercars Championship in a solo capacity could come a little sooner than expected.

A key storyline for this year’s Repco Bathurst 1000 is the high-profile Boost Mobile/Erebus Motorsport wildcard to be shared by Stanaway and Greg Murphy.

That campaign has been touted as a platform for Stanaway to relaunch his professional motorsport career, perhaps with an eye on a 2023 full-time ride.

The 30-year-old’s efforts to impress now may become two-pronged, with V8 Sleuth learning that an additional wildcard outing is a strong possibility.

That would happen at the Gold Coast 500 on October 28-30, three weeks after Bathurst, in what would align a Boost-backed driver and car with the glamorous event sponsored by the telecommunications company.

It’s understood the concept has already been given the green light by the Supercars Commission.

The streets of Surfers Paradise would mark a fitting location for Stanaway’s first solo Supercars race since 2019, his career having taken a turn for the worse at that year’s Gold Coast 600.

It was there that the two-time GP2 race winner was infamously benched mid-event by Garry Rogers Motorsport for missing a signing session, with Dylan O’Keeffe drafted in on short notice to sub in.

Stanaway returned for the subsequent Sandown round before quitting in the hours after the season wrapped up in Newcastle and retreating into obscurity.

A reinvigorated figure has emerged, with four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Murphy by his side.

The #51 in its test livery. Pic: One Nine Media

With an initial test under their belts, the duo are next due to head to Winton Motor Raceway on August 16.

Boost boss Peter Adderton meanwhile has vowed to continue supporting his stable of drivers despite signalling his intentions to exit Supercars.

The controversy king blew up on social media in recent days upon seeing RACE figurehead Barclay Nettlefold – who led the bid to buy Supercars which defeated Adderton’s – pictured at an Optus appearance, despite Boost being the championship’s official telco partner.

Adderton responded by announcing he will pull out of all Supercars “investments, sponsorships and commitments” at the end of year, before clarifying his stance with relation to individuals.

“To be clear all our personal motor sport sponsorships of Supercars Championship drivers, and youth drivers and youth programs in motorsports will continue,” he wrote, in part.

“We are and always have been committed as a brand to helping our athletes reach [their] dreams and that will never change and I intend in increasing our support of young drivers and future champions.”

Beyond 2017 Sandown 500 winner Stanaway, Adderton’s motorsport stable includes the likes of Brodie Kostecki and rising star Kai Allen.

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