Grove Racing has announced the re-signing of 2023 VAILO Adelaide 500 winner Matt Payne on a long-term deal.
The 21-year-old scored his first win in the last race of his full-time rookie season in Adelaide, recommitting to the team.
Payne will team with fellow New Zealander Richie Stanaway at the Penrite-backed Ford team in 2024, with the Bathurst winner replacing Team 18-bound David Reynolds next season.
“It was important for the team to extend Matthew’s contract to ensure the entire Racing group can continue to develop the team for the long term,” said team owner Stephen Grove.
“Matthew is a vital part of our long-term strategy, and his commitment to the team through a long-term extension to his current contract, is a testament to the direction of the whole Racing group at Grove Racing.”
Payne first appeared in a Supercar with Grove Racing in the Dunlop Super2 Series midway through 2021, finishing in third place in the second-tier category in 2022 before graduating into the main game in 2023.
“Matt started his career with us as part of our junior team and he is the first driver the graduate up to Supercars,” said team principal David Cauchi.
“It is a testament to Stephen and Brenton Grove for their commitment to developing young talent and to continue our relationship with Matt is very satisfying.
“Our first year in Supercars produced a race win which is a rare achievement in such as competitive championship.
“Matt has shown that he deserves to be in Supercars, and he will be a key part of our team into the future.”
Payne added: “After securing my first race win, I am excited to re-sign with Penrite Racing.
“The upcoming season holds new challenges, fresh competition, and the opportunity to improve my performance on the track.
“I am confident with the support of Penrite Racing, we can further our success in 2024.”