Super Black Racing has confirmed its intention to continue in V8 Supercars next season.
The team released a statement today announcing it will be on the grid next season, although is yet to confirm with which team it will be aligned with, which Racing Entitlements Contract it will use, or who will drive the car.
The New Zealand team aligned itself with Prodrive Racing Australia this year, with young Kiwi Andre Heimgartner driving a PRA-run Falcon in Super Black colours.
While it is highly likely that the technical alliance with PRA will be extended into the new season, it is yet to be confirmed. Heimgartner has also not been confirmed, with team boss Tony Lentino simply saying the team will continue in the championship next year.
“While I am looking to slow down and make the most of life with my wife Emily and our two young daughters, I have committed to the Super Black Racing family that they will be racing in 2016,” said Lentino.
“It is important to give young kiwi drivers an opportunity in the V8 Supercars Championship and a chance to mix it up with the big boys.
“The 2015 year has been a fantastic start for the team with Andre providing lots of thrills and plenty of reason to back black.”
There is also a question mark over which REC the team will enter under. It currently leases DJR Team Penske’s second licence, but should DJRTP decide to expand a new REC will need to be found.
What has been confirmed is that driver mentor and former V8 star Paul Radisich will not continue with the team next year.
Radisich has worked with Heimgartner throughout the year, and played a public role in the development of the young team. However, Lentino says he won’t be returning next season.
“His knowledge and expertise has been invaluable to get us this far,” said Lentino.
“While Paul won’t be carrying on with Super Black in an official capacity, he will always be one of the people that believed in, and delivered, a Kiwi V8 Supercars team.”
There will, however, be an addition to the management structure, with New Zealand businessman Clark Proctor taking on a management role.
“Clark has been an important contributor to New Zealand Motorsport over the years, both as an advocate of New Zealand drivers and teams and as a competitive driver,” said Lentino.
“He will be a great asset to the team in the coming year.”