Protruding neck disc pain forced Stanaway out of Supercars race

Supercars driver Richie Stanaway has had a scan that has revealed a protruding disc in his neck is causing the pain that sidelined him from last Sunday's race at Winton

Protruding neck disc pain forced Stanaway out of Supercars race

Stanaway was forced to sit out the 124-mile race on Sunday due to his ongoing neck complaint, which first reared its head during testing almost a fortnight ago.

It is believed that Stanaway's neck injury can be traced back to his frightening Formula Renault 3.5 crash at Spa in 2012.

A Garry Rogers Motorsport spokesperson confirmed to Autosport that according to medical information the team has received, Stanaway has a protruding disc between the C6 and C7 vertebra in his neck, which has impacted a nerve.

He will see a neurosurgeon in Melbourne on Thursday for treatment, with surgery currently not expected to be required.

Despite optimism in the GRM camp that Stanaway will be fit for the Darwin round next month, Chris Pither - who finished 14th at Winton - says he will be ready to step back into the car if needed.

"The call will be his at the end of the day, depending on how he feels," said Pither. "[But] I'll obviously make myself available if he feels it's going to be an issue for him."

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