Shane van Gisbergen

Super Black Racing Bathurst backchat 2014



It’s that time again, when bogans and motorsport fans across Australia and New Zealand make the pilgrimage to Mount Panorama in Bathurst or gravitate to the nearest mate that isn’t too cheap to pay a Sky sport subscription to watch the drivers of the V8 Supercar series battle it out for the holy grail of of the V8 Supercars season: victory at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen took pole position in last nights ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout in a barnstorming lap to steal pole off Mark Winterbottom.

Of course this year is also something special, seeing the return of a New Zealand based team to the Bathurst 1000 for the first time since 2009 when Team Kiwi Racing ceased to exist in the V8 format of motorsport. Super Black Racing was entered in the Bathurst 1000 as the only wild card entry into the Great Race this year, and  drivers Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen will enter the fray on the biggest race of the season in what could preview the teams entry into the competition next year to compete for the 2015 championship. 19 year old Heimgartner is no stranger to the track at Mount Panorama, last year having competed in the 2013 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race finishing a respectable 29th out of 53 starters, and also finishing 1st in his class.


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How to lose friends and piss people off


Looks like Tony Cochrane is setting about isolating himself…but then again if he has Len brown and his tame ATEED folk looking after him he probably doesn;t care:

Just a fortnight after the V8 Supercars secured a new home at Pukekohe they’ve moved to stop their drivers racing in New Zealand, and top Kiwis Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen have pulled out of the local V8 Supertourer series.

While the V8 Supercars were scrapping on the streets of Townsville, a battle plan was being formulated in the series boardroom.

Three days after Auckland pledged $10 million to V8 Supercars the Australian series moved to stop their drivers racing in New Zealand Supertourer series.

“I don’t know what’s gone on between the two factions but it sounds like a couple of boys fighting in the schoolyard to me,” says Supertourer driver Andy Booth.

In a statement Supercars said: “If a driver commits to a fulltime, professional career with a team in the category, V8 Supercars would prefer that it is their complete focus, on and off the track.

“This is in line with all elite sporting bodies where, as a general rule, athletes do not compete in other codes or competitions, particularly during the primary season of competition.”

Comments from Supertourer boss Mark Petch are though to have sparked the row after he suggested that council money would better spent on the Kiwi series.