One race was all it took.
At least for Supercars driver James Courtney anyway after he announced he would be leaving Team Sydney only one race into the partnership.
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During the opening races on the 2020 Supercars calendar at the Superloop Adelaide 500, Courtney finished with a did not finish and a 15th placed finish.
A statement was released on Saturday confirming Courtney, the 2010 champ, would be parting ways with the team effective immediately.
“Supercars driver James Courtney has elected to depart Team Sydney, effective immediately,” the statement read.
“We have not been able to agree on the way forward, so I have decided to depart the team. I wish Team Sydney all the best for the future,” Courtney said.
“Courtney has no alternative arrangements in place and cannot comment on his future at this time.”
Bye bye now.Source:Getty Images
Courtney delved deeper into the reasoning behind the call which sent a shockwave through the Supercars paddock.
“I’ve just announced that I have stepped back from Team Sydney, effective immediately,” he wrote.
“As we haven’t been able to agree on the way forward, I’ve now decided to depart the team and I wish Team Sydney all the best for the future.
“I haven’t got any other plans in place, so can’t really comment anymore at the moment. But my great relationship with @boostaus means that we will now be looking for some new opportunities — so watch this space.”
The breakdown between Courtney and Team Sydney is reportedly over remuneration, according to motorsport.com.
The news of Courtney’s sudden departure was met with shock throughout the Supercars landscape with a report stating Boost Mobile was also pulling support for Team Sydney.
The Boost Mobile support for Team Sydney is gone – @EFTM understands it was specifically linked to James Courtney, so with him leaving the team, they are out. Question is will @peter_adderton’s Boost money now find a home at another team? pic.twitter.com/MrxuZsi9OU
James Courtney quits Team Sydney?? WTF is going on? Wow. #Supercars
James Courtney to leave Team Sydney effective immediately … wow @Fox_Motorsport @supercars
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