Any doubts about the Super Black Racing team’s participation in the Australian Supercars Championship can now be put to rest with confirmation that the New Zealand team has new owners.

Doubts had emerged about the team’s future in the wake of the death of team founder Tony Lentino, who succumbed to cancer in July.

Racing veteran and sand mining magnate Rusty French – a long-time friend of Lentino – will acquire the team’s Racing Entitlements Contract entry to guarantee its future.

French is a well-established figure in the Supercars Championship, being a co-owner of Prodrive Racing Australia, which has a contract in place until the end of the year to run the #111 Super Black Racing Ford Falcon entry.

It was through French that Lentino’s Super Black Racing team was born, securing a wildcard entry at the 2014 Bathurst 1000 which subsequently led to it becoming a full-time operation the following year.

It is understood that French’s purchase of the Super Black Racing REC is independent of Prodrive, meaning he is under no obligation to continue running the entry out of the Prodrive stable beyond the end of the current season.

French indicated his intention is to continue branding the team as New Zealand’s single national-themed team in the championship, where he hopes to continue attracting strong commercial support.

“I’ve had a close link with Super Black Racing and admired what Tony had done and wanted to achieve with this team,” French said.

“This was Tony’s dream and I made a promise to help him along the way. This is a great opportunity for more New Zealand companies to reach out and be part of a great team and continue the vision.”

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