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Super Black Racing’s Manager Greg Hahn will step down from running the team at the end of the season as a new structure evolves for the outfit heading into the 2017 season.

 Hahn has been with the team since its conception in 2014 when it had a wildcard entry in the Bathurst 1000. 

“It’s been an amazing journey and I can’t thank Tony and Emily Lentino enough for the vision and opportunity that has given so many people and New Zealand drivers something to be part of. Over the past few years we’ve had good support as the only New Zealand team in Supercars. We always knew it would be a tough journey and we have stubbed our toes a few times and had to learn the hard way from time to time, but in the end we formed a team with huge fan support and something to be proud of. 

“Things certainly haven’t been smooth sailing. I’ve always said it feels like a like a room full of friendly pirates trying to steel each other’s gold, but the Supercars community are a great bunch of people who always keen to give advice along the way, and it is period of my career I will remember proudly and fondly. On top of that, of course, being away for twenty odd weeks a year takes its toll when you are flying the ditch every other week. 

 Hahn is currently eyeing up a number of opportunities and potential projects closer to home. “I’m looking forward to working in motorsport back in NZ and getting behind a local team or category. From the position I have had for the past two years it has been obvious that there is still much work to do on having a high quality and viable top level premier touring car category back in NZ again. Up until a couple of years ago it was our feeder class to Supercars but unfortunately many factors conspired to compromise that position. It would be nice to see a renaissance.” 

Hahn will still retain some involvement with a new team but will focus on the New Zealand side and take an advisory role along side. The new 2017 structure will see more Australian-based personal and will see some new people raising funds on the commercial side back back in New Zealand. 

 The team is currently preparing for the last event of the season, the Coates Hire Sydney 500 at Sydney Olympic Park street Circuit on the 2nd of December, where Hahn will bow out as team manager.

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The back end of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship ramped up from the Wilson Security Sandown 500, the first round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup. And it’s been non stop, so I’ve wrapped the last two months into this one email…

Chelsea showed her potential and has begun to make her mark in this predominately male dominated sport. Thanks to everyone who jumped on board to make this possible. I hope Chelsea’s success will lead to more opportunities for her to continue chasing her dream.

Next stop was the UCB Conference on the Gold Coast, which I really enjoy being involved with each year. It was a great catching up with everybody there and being a guest at the Ice Break go kart challenge, although, observing some of the driving I’m glad I wasn’t out on track…  After a fun night at the Heroes and Villains UCB Awards, it was time to get into race mode for the Castrol Gold Coast 600.We had a decent run in with a top ten finish in Saturday’s 300km race. Heading into Sunday our aim was to improve on Saturday’s result. Unfortunately, this wasn’t to be.  I didn’t get the chance to get into the car on Sunday after my co-driver sustained damage from contact while attempting a pass, which put us out of the race.

From the Gold Coast, I travelled north to Noosa for my slowest race of the year; the Noosa Triathlon. This was my second year taking part in the team event, so we were proud to achieve our goal of improving our overall category result from last year. It’s a fun way to mix up my training program and push myself. I highly recommend this event to anyone who is interested in challenging themselves regardless of their fitness level.

Next it was back on the plane to New Zealand for the ITM Auckland SuperSprint. I was very excited to race in the Supercars championship on my home soil for the first time. Driving for Super Black Racing Powered by Ice Break, the only NZ owned team was a privilege and the support we received was amazing.

Six years had passed since I last raced at Pukekohe Park Raceway in the NZ V8 Ute Racing Series. The track had been altered along the back straight but it was still just as bumpy and exciting to drive!

On track the weekend didn’t bring the results we were striving for. All weekend we struggled to find a comfortable balance and get the car to ride the bumps well over the hill and through turn 1. We worked hard and made some improvements but didn’t unlock what we were chasing.

In the first race, I got a great start moving up 4 places. As you may have seen in the TV coverage, contact with Jason Bright left me with a drive through penalty for something I believe was a racing incident.

Our luck didn’t improve much on Sunday, despite qualifying slightly better than we had on Saturday. Contact from Cam Waters diving up the inside at the hairpin from two positions back resulted in being spun and re-joining at the back of the field.

We will evaluate the tough weekend, learn from it and come out fighting to end the season on a high at the Grand Finale for the Coates Hire Sydney 500.Thank you to everyone for your passionate support and backing us through the highs and lows. I hope we can bring home the year with more results we can all be proud of.

CP

PS. Congrats on making it to the end of this supersized update… you deserve an Ice Break mate!