There is no reason to doubt Super Black Racing’s participation in next year’s V8 Supercars Championship, despite it now facing the challenge of having to source a new Racing Entitlements Contract ahead of the 2016 season.

The New Zealand-based outfit, contesting its maiden full-time season in the V8 Supercars Championship, has been competing under one of the two RECs owned by fellow one-car outfit DJR Team Penske, which it has been sub-leasing.

DJR Team Penske has, however, thrown Super Black Racing a curve-ball by its announcement that it has signed Fabian Coulthard and will expand to a two-car operation in 2016, thereby reabsorbing the REC leased to SBR.

That now leaves SBR with the challenge of having to find a replacement REC to lease from another team; V8 Supercars sold one of its three available (and unused) RECs to Triple Eight Racing ahead of its expansion to a three-car operation following its signing of Shane van Gisbergen for the 2016 season.

All 26 REC holders will be required to submit their entries for the 2016 championship season by the end of this week. The advanced deadline is deliberate, in that it allows time for operations holding surplus RECs to negotiate deals with outfits – such as SBR – which are interested in buying or leasing them.

As Super Black Racing runs its campaign as a customer outfit through the championship-leading Prodrive Racing Australia team, its negotiations will be handled by PRA Team Principal Tim Edwards.

“This year Prodrive Racing Australia sub-leased that REC (used by SBR) from DJR Team Penske and – off the top of my head – I think that was after it had already been entered [for 2015, by DJR Team Penske],” Edwards told the official V8 Supercars website.

“It doesn’t matter who is running the [REC], all you are doing is committing that that REC will be utilised next year. If you don’t enter it you can’t sell it or lease it.”

A number of RECs could potentially be up for grabs depending on the future of several teams, most notably Erebus Motorsport, TEKNO Autosports and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport.

Super Black Racing team owner Tony Lentino head previously affirmed his commitment to keep the team on the grid in 2016, and has not yet offered any comment on the latest REC situation facing the outfit.

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