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NEW Zealand outfit Super Black Racing and V8 Supercars Championship aspirant Dragon Racing have secured spots for the Bathurst 1000.

Ford Performance Racing will prepare a fifth Falcon for Super Black, the first New Zealand team to compete in the championship since Team Kiwi.

Super Black backer Tony Lentino said he hoped to use the outfit’s Bathurst debut as a springboard for full-time entry into the series.

“I am a proud Kiwi and have a passion for motorsport so being able to create a team and bring the black and silver New Zealand colours back into the sport gives me great pride,” Mr Lentino said.

“Bathurst is the greatest motor race in our region and is as iconic in New Zealand as it is in Australia. It is the best place for us to make our debut and will be a great sounding board to a potential full-time entry in the series.”

Dragon Racing will race two Holden Commodores in the October 9-12 classic. The team currently races in the Dunlop Series and is being assisted ahead of Bathurst by Garry Rogers Motorsport.

Dragon will use the twin Holden Commodore new generation cars raced last year by Scott McLaughlin, for two wins, and Alex Premat. Kristian Lindbom and Ben Schoots will drive the two Commodores at the next event, the Coates Hire Ipswich 300 from August 1-3.

Dragon also has designs on entry to the V8 Supercars championship.

“We have been working with the team at Garry Rogers Motorsport on our wildcard entry since May this year. Our team is hoping that our campaign is a catalyst and stepping stone to further opportunities within the V8 Supercars competition,” backer Tony Klein said.

Originally published as Super Black, Dragon make Bathurst grid

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