Super Black Racing put on a full on day of Kiwi activities today including sheep mustering and shearing, followed by a visit to Ronald McDonald House, for Prodrive Racing (PRA) drivers while they are in New Zealand on an official PRA training camp.
Mark Winterbottom, Chaz Mostert, David Reynolds, Andre Heimgartner, Cam Waters, Caleb Cross and Bryce Fullwood teamed up against each other at Super Black Racing’s headquarters near Wellsford, with the Australian’s ultimately winning the sheep challenge, much to spectators delight.
The drivers then enjoyed a private display from rally legend Steve Millen in his Ford GT40 alongside a privately owned Porsche 911 Turbo S before taking rides in Augusta Westland and Eurocopter EC130 helicopters.
The team then went to Ronald McDonald House (RMHA) in Auckland to show their support for the many families from all over New Zealand who call RMHA home each year because of critically ill children receiving treatment in hospital by presenting a cheque for $10,000.
Super Black Racing understand the importance of sticking together through tough times as they rely wholly on their entire crew, sometimes referred to as their “race family”, so felt strongly about supporting RMHA because of the work they do for families in need.
CEO of Ronald McDonald House Auckland Wayne Howett said: “Ronald McDonald House Auckland was delighted to have the Super Black Racing Team come and visit our families today. It was clear to see how much enjoyment the team’s visit brought to the House; providing an all-important distraction from the families’ medical journeys.
“Ronald McDonald House Auckland very much appreciates the Super Black Racing family’s generosity and commitment to helping us in taking care of New Zealand’s families.”
Super Black Racing team principal, Paul Radisich said: “Everyone at Super Black Racing really loves the work that Ronald McDonald House does so we were thrilled to meet children and the families and spend some quality time with them.
“As a race team being able to stick together is really important so we really value the work that these guys [Ronald McDonald House] do. That’s why we passed the hat around to make a donation to Ronald McDonald [House] because we all think that the services and facilities they offer are just fantastic.”
The team brought huge excitement and racing fun for RMHA families and it was a great holiday treat and welcome distraction for families going through a tough time.
All of the drivers now return their focus to training for the upcoming V8 Supercars (V8SC) Championship, starting in little over two weeks at the official test day in Sydney.
20th JANUARY 2014, WELLSFORD, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand racing star and double world touring car champion, Paul Radisich, is set to join Super Black Racing in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship (V8SC) as team principal, providing the team with additional support and mentoring.
Radisich has extensive experience in V8 racing after spending years behind the wheel as one of New Zealand’s top drivers and brings a whole new set of skills to Super Black Racing.
Tony Lentino, Super Black Racing owner, says: “Paul has been involved with Super Black Racing from the start and has already been a major help to us, so to officially have him involved this season is great.
“So now that we’ve got Prodrive Racing (PRA) and Paul [Radisich] both behind us, we’re sure we have the right formula to give this thing a good go.”
Originally from Auckland, Radisich made his name on the international circuit after winning the Touring Car World Cup in 1993 and 1994, following his local New Zealand Grand Prix and New Zealand Formula Pacific Championship wins in 1988.
Radisich says: “Having been a young driver trying to make it on the international scene in the past, I know very well how the Super Black programme will inspire a whole new generation of New Zealand drivers and as principal of this team, I know my V8 experience can and will be put to the best use.
“I feel fiercely patriotic about our entry and am excited we’ve got some terrific foundations and motivations underpinning this campaign. Like the rest of the crew, I’m chomping at the bit to get on the grid in Adelaide.”
With less than a month to go until the official V8SC test day in Sydney, Radisich’s entrance into the team couldn’t have come at a better time adds Lentino.
Super Black Racing will feature at the V8SC official test day in Sydney on February 7th and 8th, before the first official race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from February 26th to March 1st.
Photo: Geoff Ridder.
13th JANUARY 2014, WELLSFORD, NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand’s sole and recently established V8Supercar team, Super Black Racing, can now confirm it has teamed up with Prodrive Racing (Australia) (PRA) for the 2015 V8Supercars Championship (V8SC), making it one of the four cars fielded by the back-to-back Bathurst winning team.
After a successful debut at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with support from PRA in 2014, Super Black Racing made the decision to continue using PRA for technical support and services during the 2015 V8SC campaign resulting in the pit garage position.
Super Black Racing team owner, Tony Lentino, says: “After we had such a good experience with PRA at Bathurst last year, it was an easy decision to carry on with them this season in a greater capacity.
“They have extensive experience across the various facets of the sport and we know they’re going to work incredibly hard to give us the best shot at success.”
The team, based in Wellsford north of Auckland, also signed 19 year old Andre Heimgartner from Auckland as their driver for the 2015 season in a PRA Ford Falcon, making him one of the youngest ever drivers to tackle the task of being a lead driver in Australasia’s top tier racing category.
Heimgartner echoed Lentino’s sentiments but adds: “I just can’t wait to start racing! The team at PRA are amazing to work with and I’m sure I’ll soak up a lot of information from them which will be a huge help for us.”
The reception from both PRA and the Australian fans towards Super Black Racing has been overwhelmingly positive added Lentino.
“We have been blown away from the amount of support we’ve received from people all around the world, including our Australian fans. They have responded to us so favourably and we’re stoked about that. Although we are convinced that the friendly New Zealand-Australia banter will be greater than ever,” laughs Lentino.
Tim Edwards, CEO for PRA, also says they’re looking forward to the ongoing relationship with Super Black Racing after a promising start at Bathurst.
“PRA is honoured to have Super Black Racing joining us in 2015. It’s going to be exciting for fans to have a New Zealand team to cheer for and I’m sure they’ll make New Zealanders proud,” says Edwards.