A good end to the weekend at Phillip Island with a 45 lap race that was action packed. Chris got off to a great start and drove a strong race to the end. Chris says “its been awesome to work with the team this weekend and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be given the drive”. Next up is the last event on the calendar, the Coates Hires Sydney 500 at Homebush on the 4th of December. Thanks for all your support this weekend! V8 Supercars Only Domains Gull Motorsport Chris Pither
A big turn out at Phillip Island today and dry conditions have meant for some fast times. We’ve just qualified P21and feel that the setup is better than yesterday. The feature race this afternoon is 45 laps and the longer race format will allow strategy to come into play. With so little number of practice days, its been great to give Chris the opportunity to have a run in the car this weekend. We appreciate the supportive messages and respect the harsh comments. Enjoy this afternoons racing! Only Domains V8 Supercars
The first day of racing has been solid working on lots of car setup and just getting used to the fast flowing circuit. The opening laps of race 1 were very exciting with Chris Pither certainly holding his own, finishing P23 and P24 in the second race. Today we have learnt a lot so we’re all looking forward to putting some of the findings into action for tomorrow. V8 Supercars Only Domains Chris Pither Gull Motorsport
PITHER TAKES OVER AT P.I. – Super Black Racing will have a new Kiwi driver behind the wheel for this weekend’s Phillip Island event with Chris Pither to drive the #111 as the team evaluates him for a potential 2016 race seat.
The 28-year-old competes in the Dunlop Series and has been a co-driver in the Enduro Cup in recent seasons, most recently with Garry Rogers Motorsport.
“We are using Phillip Island to evaluate Chris for next season so we look forward to seeing how he settles in,” said Super Black Racing owner Tony Lentino.
“He has experience, is passionate and understands the V8 Supercars landscape well, plus he is a Kiwi too which is obviously an important factor when selecting a driver for New Zealand’s only V8 Supercars team.
“Andre Heimgartner will sit out this weekend and while we understand this has been a difficult situation for him, he has accepted it and both parties agree this change is in the team’s best interest.
“It’s hard being a rookie in this game and being with a rookie team has added to the challenge this year. This isn’t necessarily the end of our partnership but we’ll get through Phillip Island and evaluate things from there.”
Pither is eager to make his long-awaited championship return, especially driving for New Zealand’s national team.
“I’d like to thank Tony and the team at Super Black Racing for giving me the opportunity to race at Phillip Island,” Pither said.