Pither replaces Wall at Volvo for Albert Park

Chris Pither

Chris Pither. pic: Juliane Caruana

Chris Pither will substitute for David Wall at Volvo Polestar GRM for this weekend’s non-championship V8 Supercars event at Albert Park.

Wall is sitting out the meeting on medical advice after suffering a burn to the big toe on his right foot at the Clipsal 500.

The injury occurred during the first of Adelaide’s three races and saw the driver given pain killing injections to make it through the weekend.

“I’m absolutely devastated that I will not be competing at the Melbourne Grand Prix,” said Wall in a statement.

“After sustaining a severe burn to my foot at round 1 I have been advised by my specialists that it would be unadvisable to race this weekend as it would carry a high risk of doing serious damage.”

The Clipsal 500 marked Wall’s first full hit-out in the Volvo having joined the team from Dick Johnson Racing.

Pither competes full-time in the Dunlop Series for MW Motorsport and has been linked to the co-driving seat alongside Wall for the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

Lead driver Scott McLaughlin, who also endured a physically gruelling Clipsal 500, will again be partnered by Frenchman Alexandre Premat in the enduro events.

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