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Radisich initiated the concept of the team
and he had made contact with Rusty with
regard potentially setting up a New Zealand
“During the course of their discussions
Rusty suggested that Paul have a chat to me
about establishing the team. That was in
late 2013, and at the Pukekohe round of the
series in April we had a bunch of hospitality
units where we spoke to guests about the
opportunity of putting a Kiwi V8 Supercar
team on the grid.
“We had a lot of people speak about
supporting the team but none of them
wanted to open their wallets, then it was
decision time to run a wildcard entry at the
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 so I got my
“Our main goal was to finish the race,
and during Thursday’s practice sessions we
were about four seconds off the pace, then
through the course of the weekend the boys
became more accustomed with the car plus
the circuit and everything else associated
with the race meeting.
“We knew that the race would not be run
at such a fast pace, so our strategy was to
be competitive with the mainstream teams.
We didn’t set the car up for qualifying or
any hot laps; instead we concentrated on
longevity and being consistent as we figured
that if we stayed out of trouble and our crew
got everything right we would be there at
Lentino says having to stop for fuel on
the second-last lap was unfortunate as the
car had enough fuel to finish the race. He
puts it down to inexperience in the pit, not
“When you throw a team together at the
last minute there is a bit of lack of overall
experience, which resulted in a panic station
and the call was made for the fuel stop as we
didn’t want to get a DNF,” he says.
“In hindsight, we had enough fuel to
finish, the point was proven that we were
competitive and both of the boys did a fan-
tastic job to keep the car straight and it was
a real buzz for us.
“Something was different with our team
as there was a spirit in our pit that none of
the other teams had and that was a huge
thing to me – not just the racing. It was
the wonderful job that everyone associated
with the team did plus there was a huge
number of Kiwi team followers and friends
who contributed to the event.
“Before the car was moved onto the race
grid we got the pit crew and our friends to
sign the bonnet and that created something
really special. It was an exceptional day for
us and we made our country feel proud.
“We are coming into the sport with our
eyes wide open and, after discussion with
a wide cross-section of motorsport people,
we have gained an enormous amount of
information and insight.
“We don’t have any history and I think we
can surprise with some innovations in pro-
moting the sport. We want to have a team
everyone in our nation can support and be
proud to support.
“Super Black Racing was founded with
the vision of nurturing youth and it was
pleasing to have two young drivers race for
us at Bathurst as they are both talented and
equally good, both awesome people and it
is sad that we had to select Andre over Ant.
“If we were in a better position we would
be running both of them in two cars – that
is the ideal scenario. It was the bloody
hardest thing for me out of it all, picking the
driver for 2015 as Ant has wonderful ability.
“We got input from other people and it
was also a hard decision for us when we
selected them for Bathurst as there were
other drivers considered as well and there
were a few broken hearts back then.
“Going forward, Ant will do the endur-
ance events with us. Luckily there is a large
pool of talent in New Zealand and we didn’t
have to go door-knocking the likes of Shane
van Gisbergen or Scott McLaughlin, who
are obliviously under contract, so it will be
a great story if we can bring in a rookie and
be the underdog.”
SUPER BLACK RACING
ABOVE: Three New Zealand-owned teams raced in V8 Supercars a decade ago. Stone Brothers Racing (left), Tasman Motorsport (middle) and Team Kiwi Racing (right)
participated in the 2005 V8 Supercars season, though all three disappeared from the grid before the arrival of Super Black Racing at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst in 2014.
RACING WAS FOUNDED
WITH THE VISION OF
– TONY LENTINO
Super Black Racing
just missed out on a
top-10 finish on debut
at Mount Panorama.
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