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Super Black Racing is deeply saddened to confirm the death of team founder and owner, Tony Lentino who passed away peacefully Today at his home in Wellsford, New Zealand following a fifteen month battle with cancer.

Lentino was the driving force behind the creation of the all-Kiwi Supercars team which has competed full-time in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the last two seasons after making a wildcard debut at Bathurst in 2014.

The proud Kiwi created the team to give up-and-coming New Zealand racing drivers something to aspire to and has seen rising stars Chris Pither, Andre Heimgartner, Ant Pedersen and Richie Stanaway all drive the team’s #111 entry.

Super Black Racing’s Operations Manager, Greg Hahn paid tribute to Lentino and his legacy. “It is with great sadness we confirm the passing of our owner and founder, Tony Lentino,” Hahn said. “Tony had a dream and took us all on the journey with him. He always wanted for a Pole and a top ten finish and this weekend he got to see it. He will be deeply missed by the team”.

“He passed away surrounded by his family at his beloved home of Wellsford north of Auckland following a relatively short but spirited battle with cancer which he fought with all the energy he poured into everything he did.

“Tony was passionate about lots of things in life and while he toughed it out when he was young to establish himself as a very successful businessman, he never forgot where he came from and giving young people a chance, especially Kiwis, was central to the creation of the Super Black Racing team.

“Tony loved nothing more than taking it to the Aussies and having a Supercars team was a great way to mix his passion for his country with his love of motorsport.

“We will race on in memory of Tony but for now our thoughts and support are fully with the young family he so sadly leaves behind.”

Lentino, forty two, leaves behind his wife Emily and two daughters, Izabella and Sofia . RIP Tony

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Tomorrow Queensland Raceway will fire into life after a quick turnaround. Chris is excited to be heading to the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint and getting back in the seat after a challenging time in Townsville with setup issues.

Queensland Raceway nicknamed “the paperclip” located at Willowbank is a fast and technical circuit. The 3.12km lap is very flat and most corners lead onto long straights. It’s very important to set the car up to be able to flow speed through the higher speed turns 1 and 2 and also get the car to rotate well in the slower speed corners so you can square the corner for good exits and straight line speed. Braking ability at the end of the straights is also critical for lap time. Its going to be good!

Chris says “Off the back of a Dunlop Series race win at QLD Raceway in 2015 I have high hopes heading back there”.

2016 V8 Darwin

In two days time Townsville will roar into life with the start of the Castrol Edge Townsville 400. With Chris Pither’s rookie season continuing to improve Super Black will debut a new-look livery, as well as showcase a brand new sponsor at Townsville and for the remainder of the season.  Townsville circuit is located south of the CBD and winds its way through Reid Park where specially constructed roads form approximately 70 percent of the circuit. Set in a parkland style reminiscent of the Albert Park street circuit in Melbourne, the Townsville circuit proved to be a challenge in its inaugural year in 2009 and quickly became a favourite of the drivers.

Chris’s strong showing at Darwin has been a confidence booster for him and he says the familiarity of the track will be beneficial on race day.

Chris Says:

“I’m excited to be heading to Townsville for the Castrol Edge Townville 400.The Reid Park circuit is one I have been going to since 2010 in the V8 Ute Racing Series and more recently in the Dunlop Development Series and it’s one of my favourite events on the calendar. The circuit is fast and flowing, has a good variety of corners and the smooth surface offers reasonably high grip. Although, the one thing that makes the event for me is the atmosphere created by all the passionate race fans and supporters. Everyone seem to get behind the event and have a good time which makes racing here really enjoyable”.

 “Over the past 5 years racing at Townsville, I have enjoyed some success including race wins in both categories, a DVS pole position with the highlight being my first Dunlop Series race and round win. Off the back of encouraging results and race pace at Hidden Valley I’m excited to be heading back to one of my favourite tracks to continue that momentum”.

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TECH SPECS

Length

2.86km

Direction

Clockwise

Average Speed

144km/h

Top Speed

260km/h

Fastest Point

Approach to turn 2

Slowest Point

Mid corner of turns 11 & 13

Qualifying Lap Record

Mark Winterbottom – 1:12.2553 – 2012

Race Lap Record

Mark Winterbottom – 1:13.4066 – 2012

SBR Livery

Super Black Racing has confirmed that specialist exhaust systems manufacturer XForce Performance Exhausts will join the team’s portfolio of sponsors for the next round of the Supercar series at Townsville this coming weekend and for the remainder of the 2016 season at least. 

The brand will feature on the Headlights of the Prodrive run car and on the rear wing as part of a major campaign from the manufacturer in both Australia and New Zealand for its products, which includes its unique and innovative VAREX system which allows a driver to vary the performance and sound of the exhaust system from a street application to a race application and everything in between using a simple, small, hand-held control unit.

“We’ve always been a bit of a dark horse in our industry, emerging as a front runner to become a leader of the pack and we definitely see synergies there with Super Black Racing,” explained general Manager of XForce Performance Exhausts Tom Wallace.

“We definitely believe that involvement in the highest level of motorsport in Australasia is an effective way to develop the profile of our brand and obviously being part of a Kiwi team when we are working hard to develop a much larger place in the domestic New Zealand market makes a lot of sense. 

“The Super Black team and the drivers are highly regarded and of course we have a very significant range of products that are suitable for Fords, so a tie up makes a lot of sense and we are very excited about the rest of the season and beyond.”

Super Black will add value to the sponsorship agreement not only through domestic profile, but also by helping XForce with New Zealand networking, and the team was delighted to secure their backing.

“XForce is a very welcome addition to our portfolio of sponsors,” explained Super Black Racing Manager Greg Hahn.   

“We love the fact that they are a little different from their competitors – pushing the boundaries of product design and innovation and taking their marketplace to new extremes. It’s always good to be involved with a group of people of that mind set and we are certain their involvement in the team will help them not only consolidate their current position, but will also give them a competitive advantage in their current Australian and New Zealand marketing campaigns.”

Number one driver Chris Pither has now found his pace and is moving forward in the championship, with eight events still to run including the three big enduro events where he will be partnered by fellow Kiwi racer Richie Stanaway.