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Courtney could leave Supercars in 2017

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/07/2016 Ed Jackson

Former Supercars champion James Courtney has revealed he may race overseas next year.

The Holden Racing Team star is one of the highest-profile drivers on the Supercars grid yet to arrange a deal beyond the end of the year.

Scott McLaughlin's decision last week to switch from Garry Rogers Motorsport to DJR/Team Penske next year is the first major driver move to be confirmed.

Courtney says he's contemplating several options for his future, including leaving the Australian championship to race overseas.

"Just weighing it up, it's a big move for the family," Courtney told AAP.

"Depending on which option it is, it could still be back here with one of them. Just toying it up and seeing what we end up doing."

Courtney has experience overseas, having spent several years in England before starting his Supercars career in 2006 with Stone Brothers Racing.

The 2010 Supercars champion is managed by British Touring Car Championship administrator Alan Gow and that series could be a destination for the 36-year-old.

Japan or another Europe championship have also been mooted.

Holden are yet to confirm whether they will continue to fund teams in Supercars from next year, a decision which Courtney says will play in a role in his future.

"It has quite a big influence as to what happens," he said.

"A lot of it is waiting to see what they're going to be doing. Just waiting to see what that options going to be and we'll go from there."

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