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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 00:00

Pither & Super Black Racing: All heart

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One of the surprises of the 2016 season was Chris Pither's pole position for Super Black Racing at Queensland Raceway.

It was the culmination of a dream for team owner Tony Lentino and Pither, the former passing away days later and the latter having fought back from a potentially career-ending accident to get a second chance.

V8X Supercar Magazine profiles Pither and Super Black Racing in issue #95, with the team selling its license to Tim Blanchard in the wake of Lentino's passing, leaving Pither with an uncertain future in Supercars.

Issue #95 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #95.

"I said at the time I had to pinch myself driving into pitlane when my engineer Dilan [Talabani] told me we were P1," says Pither on the pole position.

"I was still expecting half the field to come around to complete their laps, but I obviously held on. I was absolutely blown away. I was just so pumped."

Pither labels the Ipswich pole position as the highlight of his career to date, especially knowing that team owner Lentino was able to enjoy that moment before he passed away shortly after the event.

"Tony gave me the opportunity to live my dream to race this year," says Pither.

"That meant the world to me. I was very saddened by his loss. He was the driving force behind Super Black Racing and he wanted to give up-and-coming Kiwi drivers an opportunity to get to the main game and I'm obviously very grateful for what he has done for me."

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #95 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

3042

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

3021

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2812

 4

 Shane van Gisbergen

2769

 5

 Chaz Mostert

2748

 6

Mark Winterbottom 

2208

 7

 David Reynolds

2196

 8

 Cameron Waters

2173

 9

 Garth Tander

2169

 10

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 Full points table