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Paul Radisich will be returning to V8 Supercars full time basis with Super Black Racing but not as a driver.
The Kiwi will be returning as Team Principle for the pit lane’s newest team after an absence of six year from the series. In that time the 52 year-old’s love for racing has never died, “Put it this way, the passion in the sport never goes,” said Radisich.
“2008 was the last time I was involved in Supercars so I’m really looking forward to getting back into international motorsport again … to have the opportunity to head up such a new program like Super Black is not only a challenge but something that I will enjoy.”
The team who have full support from Prodrive Racing Australia, formally Ford Performance Racing will be the first team from New Zealand on the grid since Stone Brothers Racing departed in 2012, and it something Radisich is excited about
“I always said if there was a New Zealand program put together, to field a New Zealand car back in V8 Supercars and bring on new talent that is what I was interested in” said Radisich
“Well, we’ve been able to do that with the help of a lot of people, the program has become a reality and to head it up as team principal, it is a real opportunity to put my decade of experience from Supercars into a program like this.”
Despite the lack of teams from Radisich home country, the drivers have been delivering with Shane van Gisbergen, Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard – all finishing in the top eight last season. Now Radisich wants to provide an avenue for the next generation of racers.
“Those guys have been helped by some sort of New Zealand influence. In years gone by [there were] the likes of Tasman, Team Kiwi, the Stone Brothers – but they’ve all gone now,” he said, with Stone Brothers having transformed to Erebus Motorsport in the new gen era.
“So it’s a perfect time to introduce that New Zealand aspect to help the next lot of guys get to where our current crop are.”
Radisich will assist rookie driver Andre Heimgartner and expects to be present at all V8 Supercars events this season with Super Black Racing, including the sydney.com SuperTest at Sydney Motorsport Park in a fortnight.
Charlie Price – charlie AT sportscarglobal.com