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102 laps of gruelling motor racing on one of the most unforgiving circuits in the championship. Ant Pedersen started the race from P21 with a great start taking a couple of places on the first few laps but a kiss in the corner with Chris Pither meant for a drive through penalty. Andre completed the rest of the stint with good pace and a strong finish in P18. Andre also completed the 5th fastest lap for the day. From here its back to NZ from for our home town track so bring it on! Thanks for your support and we’ll see you at Puke in two weeks time.
The Super Black Team would like to thank everyone involved in the Bathurst campaign. Unfortunate to be pushed out so early in the race. Special thanks go out to our major sponsors Instra, Only Domains, Gull, Metalman and Skye Sands. Its been great to see so many people wearing our colours this weekend, your support has been overwhelming. We’ll look forward to the Gold Coast 600 in a couple of weeks and we’ll give it another crack.
A new chapter in Kiwi motorsport will be written at 1.05pm (NZ time) when Super Black Racing’s Ford will take to the track at Bathurst for the first practice session.
Not since the demise of Team Kiwi in 2009 has there been a New Zealand owned and driven car in the V8 Supercars series.
They are the only wildcard entry for this year’s great race and they hope to pick up a licence to race in all of next year’s calendar.
There are still a few hurdles to overcome to achieve that, but a good result in Sunday’s 1000km race will go some way towards helping make that happen.
At the public signing session in the centre of Bathurst yesterday the two drivers, Ant Pedersen and Andre Heimgartner happily signed autographs, sitting alongside the category’s biggest names, Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom.
Pedersen says he’s had a good response from the Australian motor racing fans he’s spoken to and while he’s optimistic about how the weekend will go, he’s not setting the bar too high.
”People understand what Super Black is all about, who we are and our goal is to get to the end of the race and for it to be a successful debut for the team,” Petersen, 26, told Fairfax Media.
”It’s such a tough category, we can’t walk in here and say we’re going to win the thing, just finishing is an achievement in itself.
”The focus is getting to the end of the race on Sunday afternoon and we’ll be where we’ll be at the end of the day.
”I’m really excited for Super Black and with what their vision is, they want to have Kiwi representation in V8 Supercars and for Andre and I it’s a pleasure and a privilege to represent them in their first venture.”
The car they’ll be driving was provided by Ford Performance Racing, so it’s won’t be a dog, although the manufacturer has been lagging behind their arch rivals, Holden, recently.
Pedersen and Heimgartner got the chance to take the car for a spin at the Winton, Victoria last month.
”It’s a pretty good car,” Heimgartner said. ”We have a good team and had a good setup, so we’re obviously not starting from scratch.
“The car is going to be set up this weekend to go well and hopefully we’ll hop into it and be fast, but we won’t find that out until Sunday comes.”
Before the signing session yesterday Heimgartner and Pedersen were locked in conversation with fellow driver Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen and Heimgartner says they’ve received plenty of advice from other V8 Supercars drivers.
”Everyone has got their little piece to say, but at the end of the day we’re all running against each other, so they keep their really good secrets close to their chests,” he said.
”But everyone’s pounded into our heads that we need to get to the end of the race.
”There is no point in us being fast on the second lap and smashing into the wall on the third.”
Pedersen is listed as the main driver for Super Black Racing with Heimgartner the co-driver, but that’s only because Pedersen won a coin toss.
Heimgartner says decisions about who drives when in qualifying and the race won’t be made until after the practice sessions.
”I could qualify the car on Saturday or Ant could and I could start the car on Sunday or Ant could,” he said.
”So it’s still an open book and we’ll have to wait until we get the practice sessions out of the way first. We’ll decide after that and will work out what’s best for the team.”