Plans could be finalised in as little as the next fortnight for the New Zealand-based Super Black Racing team to join next year’s V8 Supercars grid.
The story has been in works since the series’ visit to Pukekohe in April, where project leader and former racing driver Paul Radisich first canvassed the idea to potential partners.
The proposal has the backing of from New Zealand businessman Tony Lentino, the millionaire founder of Instra, the Melbourne-based domain name service provider. Lentino is also the CEO of Mega, an online file hosting provider owned by controversial German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, although the team has denied having any affiliation with the controversial businessman who is currently facing a list of criminal charges.
The plan has gained momentum, and the team could be on the grid as early as this year in one of three possible wildcard entries up for grabs at October’s Bathurst 1000 endurance race. The team has until today to submit an official entry to V8 Supercars for approval.
It is believed that the team is finalising it wildcard deal in partnership with Ford Performance Racing, which is currently finishing the build of a second spare Ford Falcon racer in its Melbourne headquarters.
One wildcard hopeful to have already submitted an application is Dragon Motor Sport, the minnow team competing in the feeder Dunlop Series. It recently purchased two of the ‘Car of the Future’ spec Holden Commodores used last year by Garry Rogers Motorsport, but given it has competed in just one Dunlop round to-date in 2014, its application is unlikely to succeed.
Given that it is unlikely to co-invest with one of the existing teams on the grid for a full-time entry next year, Super Black Racing is believed to be pursuing one of the three currently dormant Racing Entitlements Contracts that V8 Supercars has opened for tender in order for it to join the 2015 grid.
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Since first publishing this story, Super Black Racing has subsequently confirmed that it has submitted a wildcard entry for this year’s Bathurst 1000.
The team made the announcement via New Zealand’s TV3 network, confirming – as we reported – that it will run a FPR-prepared Ford Falcon.
The team did not confirm any drivers in its line-up, although Dunlop Series racer Andre Heimgartner is hotly tipped to be one of the drivers confirmed at a later date.