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New Zealand owned Super Black Racing has hit the road for the first time after undergoing a testing session in Winton, Australia.

The car, which will make its racing debut at Bathurst on October 12, was driven for the first time by its two New Zealand drivers Ant Pedersen and Andre Heimgartner yesterday at the track in rural Victoria.

The car has been supplied by Ford Performance Racing and the team is looking to pick up one of the spare licences to race in the V8 Supercars for all of next season.

Yesterday was the first step towards that journey and team manager Greg Hahn said it went well.

”Yesterday was all about the drivers getting used to the car,” Hahn said.

”There is still some bedding down to do and further development but we’ll keep moving forward on that.”

The race day strategies for Bathurst are being worked on, and the testing went towards helping with that.


 

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Winton Raceway will be the first hit-out for Super Black Racing tomorrow, with some of Ford Performance Racing’s key personnel stepping in to assist at the pre-Bathurst test.

David Reynolds’ race engineer Nathaniel Osborne will step in and run the car at Winton – with young guns Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen behind the wheel – and Pepsi Max rising star Chaz Mostert will be on hand for a few laps.

The Ford Falcon FG was last raced by Mostert at the Australian Grand Prix event and functions as the team’s spare. Osborne also has a connection to the FG as it was Reynolds’ race car last season.

Nineteen-year old Heimgartner can’t wait to get out on track and get a feel for the V8 Supercar he will take to the Mountain.

“Tomorrow is basically just running the car … so me and Ant will just be getting comfortable in the car,” he told v8supercars.com.au.

“Me personally, I’m not looking for any miracles, just going out there to learn the car, learn the team – I haven’t met the whole team before, so everybody’s introducing each other, learning the car and getting nice and comfortable for Bathurst.”

While the crew that will manage the car at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 next month has been assembled, they will not all be present at the test day, which is why Osborne will step in as race engineer tomorrow.

Although Heimgartner runs a different spec V8 Supercar in the Dunlop Series – in which he is third in the points – he has briefly been behind the wheel of a new generation V8 Supercar before.

“I’ve done a few laps last year with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in Scott Pye’s car … then a few at the start of this year with DJR as their development driver.

“I think it will help me out a little bit, but obviously 10 or 20 laps isn’t going to change anything!”

Heimgartner’s position in the Dunlop Series means he will be running in both the DVS 250km race and the 1000 on Sunday at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, and jumping between the two different cars will be a new experience for him. He will have Steve Owen as a co-driver in the 250km run at Bathurst to help stay sharp.

“I’ve never really done anything like it before, so it will be really interesting to see how I cope with the different types of cars and jumping in and out, so I think it will be beneficial. I’ll get lots and lots of laps, so hopefully that will help me out.”

Proud to represent his home country as part of the Super Black kiwi-themed entry, Heimgartner knows the coming weeks are a chance to impress.

“Definitely interesting and has boosted the profile – it’s a lot bigger. If I just drove for someone else, I don’t think it’d get much media coverage, but because it’s a New Zealand thing, it’s fabulous that people have just latched onto it and really gotten into it.”

 
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New Zealanders Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen will share Super Black Racing’s wildcard entry in October’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The two Dunlop Series regulars have been confirmed to drive the Ford Performance Racing-prepared entry by Super Black owner Tony Lentino.

The event will mark 19-year-old Heimgartner’s debut in the V8 Supercars Championship, while 26-year-old Pedersen was part of MW Motorsport’s endurance wildcard program in 2010.

Lentino hopes to use Bathurst as a prelude to a full-time Super Black effort next year and is confident in his driver line-up.

“In Andre and Ant we have two of the best young talents in New Zealand motorsport so we couldn’t be happier to give them their opportunity to show what they’ve got at the greatest race in our region,” said the Kiwi businessman.

“They are young but have a lot of experience in different categories so it will make their transition easier, as will having the support of FPR and its extensive resources.

“We know it is tough to make our debut at Bathurst but we see this as the first building block for our team’s future. Andre and Ant have our full support and we look forward to the build-up to our first race.”

The team expects to complete just a single test day in the lead-up to the Great Race.

Heimgartner sits third in the Dunlop Series standings for MW Motorsport and, with a wealth of experience in Carrera Cup and New Zealand V8 SuperTourers, feels he is ready to progress to the main series.

“It is a big opportunity and to be in a New Zealand team is great as there will be a lot of support around us,” Heimgartner said.

“Ant and I are new to the whole Bathurst thing so we go in with an open mind but everything is in place for us to do well so I can’t wait.

“It is pretty special to be chosen to drive for a New Zealand team and to make my debut in their debut race is unique.

“Shane (van Gisbergen) did the same sort of thing (debuting with Team Kiwi Racing in 2007) and look where he has ended up so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.”

Pedersen is seventh in the second-tier points for Holden squad Eggleston Motorsport and is excited to be linking with the FPR-satellite operation.

“Firstly I am hugely excited and grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get in the car for what is going to be a pretty special debut for Super Black,” he said

“With a Kiwi team, Andre and I being Kiwis, it is all just really exciting.

“We certainly don’t underestimate the challenge. It will be really tough and we have to keep things in check in terms of our abilities and the expectations.

“Having FPR behind the project gives us confidence the team will be well-prepared and well- resourced.

“That ensures we have all the tools to have a successful debut.

“Success for us won’t be winning the race but we have the confidence and security knowing the right people and ingredients for a good race are there.”

 


 

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Author: SpeedCafe

Super Black confirms Bathurst line-up

Article 02 August(2)

New Kiwi V8 Supercars team Super Black Racing will rely on two home-grown young guns for its race debut at Bathurst with Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen selected to race in the Mount Panorama 1000-kilometre classic.

Heimgartner and Pedersen currently race in the second-tier Development Series and New Zealand’s V8 SuperTourers category with Heimgartner to make his V8 Supercars debut at Bathurst, while Pedersen will make just his second career start in the series.

Auckland-born Heimgartner is just 19 years old and is proud to be part of the new Kiwi-backed team.

“It is a big opportunity and to be in a New Zealand team is great as there will be a lot of support around us,” Heimgartner said.

“Ant and I are new to the whole Bathurst thing so we go in with an open mind but everything is in place for us to do well so I can’t wait.

“It is pretty special to be chosen to drive for a New Zealand team and to make my debut in their debut race is unique. Shane (van Gisbergen) did the same sort of thing and look where he has ended up so hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.”

Pedersen hails from Rotorua and was last year’s runner-up in New Zealand’s domestic series with four wins.

The 26-year-old has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to race in V8 Supercars top tier in competitive machinery and is eager to impress.

“Firstly I am hugely excited and grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to get in the car for what is going to be a pretty special debut for Super Black,” Pedersen said.

“With a Kiwi team, Andre and I being Kiwis, it is all just really exciting. We certainly don’t underestimate the challenge. It will be really tough and we have to keep things in check in terms of our abilities and the expectations.

“Having FPR behind the project gives us confidence the team will be well-prepared and well-resourced. That ensures we have all the tools to have a successful debut. Success for us won’t be winning the race but we have the confidence and security knowing the right people and ingredients for a good race are there.”

Super Black owner Tony Lentino was pleased to sign two rising stars of New Zealand motorsport and stay true to his desire to nurture new talent through the team.

“In Andre and Ant we have two of the best young talents in New Zealand motorsport so we couldn’t be happier to give them their opportunity to show what they’ve got at the greatest race in our region,” Mr Lentino said.

“They are young but have a lot of experience in different categories so it will make their transition easier, as will having the support of FPR and its extensive resources.

“We know it is tough to make our debut at Bathurst but we see this as the first building block for our team’s future. Andre and Ant have our full support and we look forward to the build-up to our first race.”

The team’s #111 Super Black FPR Ford will make its track debut in a single-day test in the weeks leading into the Bathurst 1000.


 

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http://fpr.com.au/news/2014/08/02/kiwi-rising-stars-set-for-bathurst

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This year has seen the Kiwi contingent record stellar results in the V8 Supercars Championship.

Between Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen in 2014 there have been six Championship wins, 11 ARMOR ALL Pole Positions and one particular jandal comment that continues to live on.

Now, 19-year old Bathurst rookie Andre Heimgartner hopes to be next.

Pairing with Ant Pedersen in the all-Kiwi Super Black Racing Falcon, he will debut in a V8 Supercar at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in the wild card entry.

Both drivers were part of the team’s official launch and will test the Ford Performance Racing-prepared Falcon, which was on display at Sandown last weekend.

Proud to be part of the all-Kiwi squad, Heimgartner recognised the popularity and success of the current Kiwi drivers in the V8 Supercars Championship and how McLaughlin in particular has proven a particular path can lead to a main game drive.

“He’s got a lot of following and last year he did really well,” Heimgartner said of McLaughlin in particular, who experienced a huge boost in social media following and profile after his ‘give it some jandal’ podium speech in February, when debuting the new-for-2014 Volvo S60 V8 Supercar at the Clipsal 500.

“I’ve done a similar thing to what he has done, running (New Zealand category) SuperTourers and the Dunlop Series and he seemed to go real well when he jumped into V8 Supercars so we’ll see what happens.

“If I can follow in his footsteps – obviously, he’s set the bar pretty high for young guys coming in – but we’ll have to see what happens.”

While Heimgartner will make his V8 Supercars Championship debut in the Super Black Racing entry, he has driven a Dunlop Series car around Mount Panorama, finishing 17th and 12th in last year’s 12-lap races.

One of the elements that will make the challenge more palatable is contesting the event in the FPR-prepared Falcon.

“Obviously it’s encouraging to have last year’s Bathurst winners running our car,” he said.

“Saying that, a lot of it is in the driver so me and Ant will have to do our bit, but it is good to know we’re going to have a good car.”

Pedersen believes having last year’s Bathurst winning team preparing the car puts them in a good position for a result.

“It’s never easy in this game, but for us, we race in the New Zealand SuperTourer series and I’ve won races against Shane, Scott and Greg (Murphy), so it puts it in perspective,” Pedersen said.

“If you give yourself the right opportunity with the right resources and a good team around you, you can have a crack at it.”

Super Black Racing will test at Winton Raceway on Wednesday, ahead of Bathurst, which is the next event on the V8 Supercars calendar.


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Ford Performance Racing will prepare and run a fifth Ford for this year’s Bathurst 1000 for a New Zealand-based team known as Super Black Racing.

The new team will be the first Kiwi-backed entry in the V8 Supercars Championship for many years and is acting as a platform to showcase New Zealand’s next-generation racing drivers.

Super Black Racing is the brainchild of Kiwi businessman Tony Lentino who is proud to be reintroducing a New Zealand team into the series.

“I am a proud Kiwi and have a passion for motorsport so being able to create a team and bring the black and silver New Zealand colours back into the sport gives me great pride,” Mr Lentino said.

“Bathurst is the greatest motor race in our region and is as iconic in New Zealand as it is in Australia. It is the best place for us to make our debut and will be a great sounding board to a potential full-time entry in the series.

“FPR is one of the best teams in the business and as defending Bathurst champions they are the right team to be working with. The team’s engineering and commercial structures are able to cope with a project of this nature so we look forward to working with them as our Kiwi team comes together.

 “As an aside, Rusty French and I have also been personal friends for many years so the relationship is a strong one already.”

FPR Team Principal Tim Edwards welcomed the addition of a Kiwi-backed entry in Australia’s Great Race.

“Super Black Racing represents a whole nation and one that has produced and continues to produce top-line talent,” Edwards said.

“The concept of helping to bring on the next generation is commendable and the team will add another interesting point of difference to a race that captures everyone’s attention on both sides of the ditch.

 

“The entry will run separate to ours and be supported by members of our Dunlop Series crew plus additional resource from our factory so it won’t impact our four regular entries.

“We are assisting Super Black with driver selection but obviously our focus is to assist them with bringing on the next generation of stars from New Zealand.”

Super Black Racing will reveal more details of its entry in the coming months ahead of the Bathurst 1000 on 9 – 12 October.

 


 

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http://fpr.com.au/news/2014/07/15/super-black-set-for-bathurst

 

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Super Black Racing owner Tony Lentino wants to run two cars in the V8 Supercars series in 2016 and has ambitions to increase that number as well as lure the likes of Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane Van Gisbergen.

The fledgling team held their launch in Auckland last week and will run a car provided for them by Ford Performance Racing at next month’s Bathurst race.

They have also bid for a Race Entitlement Contract (REC) to have a car racing in the series for all of next season. But Lentino says his ambitions don’t stop there and he’d like them to be a two-car team for the following season.

 

“We want to have two cars next year, but let’s be realistic, that’s not going to happen,” Lentino told Sunday News.

“In 2016 we’re aiming for two cars. But it does depend on how the country embraces this. If they embrace it well and we have a lot more support that will enable us to go there.”

“It’s a no-brainer – we’d love to go there.”

If things go well, Lentino would like to expand the operation and lure the New Zealand drivers currently racing for other, Australian, teams.

“What I want those guys to understand is that we’ll run two cars and then maybe even four and we’ll rip them back into the New Zealand team,” Lentino said.

“They’re flying under the wrong flags, but hey, they are Kiwis and that’s the good thing.”

 

As yet, V8 Supercars haven’t confirmed Super Black Racing will have one of the three RECs available for next year and the governing body currently locked in a legal battle with Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport over one of those contracts.

 

However, Lentino says they’re advanced in their plans for next year.

 

“The great thing about being with FPR is that we’re not into development, we don’t want to go there,” Lentino said.

“We’re getting their car, putting our stickers on it and backing it with Kiwi drivers, Kiwi management, Kiwi personnel and we budget accordingly.

“We all love motorsport and if we do this properly, with the relationship with FPR and the right focus to the future this will flow,” he added.

“This isn’t about Tony Lentino, it’s about helping the kids, I’m a donator to an organisation but I can’t do it alone.

“I can go into next year, but how do we make this thing go for 20 years?

“It needs support from others. If the country gets behind us and the right people come together this can go forever.”

 

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DAVID LONG
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorsport/10468429/Super-Black-Racing-boss-has-big-V8s-ambitions

Article 04 September

The covers have come off the Super Black Racing Falcon that will tackle the Mountain in October’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

 

At a launch in New Zealand, the team has revealed the Ford Performance Racing prepared Ford Falcon FG II that Kiwi drivers Ant Pedersen and Andre Heimgartner will run at Australia’s greatest motor race.

 

Heimgartner and Pedersen currently race in the Dunlop Series and New Zealand’s V8 SuperTourers category, with Heimgartner to make his V8 Supercars debut at Bathurst, while Pedersen will make just his second career start in the Championship.

 

Twenty-six year old Pedersen said taking the covers off the car was “pretty full on” and really hit home that in a month’s time, they would be headed to Bathurst to compete against the regular stars of V8 Supercars.

 

“It’s pretty real now … but great to be a part of what is something special,” he said.

 

“For Andre and I it’s a real honour to go to Bathurst and represent the Kiwi brand – really excited, absolutely.

 

“It’s never easy in this game, but for us, we race in the New Zealand SuperTourer series and I’ve won races against (main game Kiwis) Shane (van Gisbergen), Scott (McLaughlin) and Greg (Murphy), so it puts it in perspective – if you give yourself the right opportunity with the right resources and a good team around you, you can have a crack at it.

 

“We have a great opportunity with this team and the resources of FPR – they’ve won Bathurst, so that speaks for itself in terms of what they can help us with.”

 

Nineteen-year old Heimgartner recently told v8supercars.com.au the Bathurst drive would be an audition for a Championship drive in the future.

 

“It’s all starting to come to life – I heard about the idea only a few months ago and I was told I was driving … next exciting thing is a test,” Heimgartner said.

 

“It’s come very quick, Bathurst is just around the corner so next thing I know I’ll be sitting on the grid.

 

“I don’t have any real expectations – I expect to finish, but that will be a battle in itself. We just have to go out there, try to finish and the result will just be there hopefully.”

 

The Falcon will be on display at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 from September 12-14, and shortly after the team will run a test day to ensure everything is running smoothly and the drivers are comfortable in the car.

 

Super Black Racing team owners Tony Lentino and Andrew Hiskens are intending to continue on and enter the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship, and are also keen to contest the Dunlop Series.

 

The connection between Super Black and FPR was primarily established because of a friendship of more than 20 years between Lentino and FPR co-owner Rusty French.

 

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By: V8 Supercars
http://www.v8supercars.com.au/news/championship/super-black-racing-raring-to-go