One of the surprises of the 2016 season was Chris Pither's pole position for Super Black Racing at Queensland Raceway.
It was the culmination of a dream for team owner Tony Lentino and Pither, the former passing away days later and the latter having fought back from a potentially career-ending accident to get a second chance.
V8X Supercar Magazine profiles Pither and Super Black Racing in issue #95, with the team selling its license to Tim Blanchard in the wake of Lentino's passing, leaving Pither with an uncertain future in Supercars.
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"I said at the time I had to pinch myself driving into pitlane when my engineer Dilan [Talabani] told me we were P1," says Pither on the pole position.
"I was still expecting half the field to come around to complete their laps, but I obviously held on. I was absolutely blown away. I was just so pumped."
Pither labels the Ipswich pole position as the highlight of his career to date, especially knowing that team owner Lentino was able to enjoy that moment before he passed away shortly after the event.
"Tony gave me the opportunity to live my dream to race this year," says Pither.
"That meant the world to me. I was very saddened by his loss. He was the driving force behind Super Black Racing and he wanted to give up-and-coming Kiwi drivers an opportunity to get to the main game and I'm obviously very grateful for what he has done for me."
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