Chris Pither

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Chris Pither
Nationality New Zealand
Born 3 December 1986 (1986-12-03) (age 27)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
V8 Supercar Record
Car number 21
Current team Brad Jones Racing
Series Championships 0
Races 6
Round Wins 0
Podium finishes 0
2008 Championship position 50th (130 points)

Chris Pither (born 3 December 1986 in Palmerston North) is a New Zealand racing driver. Pither started racing in his home country, coming up through the open wheeler ranks first through the evolved Formula Vee class Formula First, then Formula Ford. After a couple of seasons racing in the one-make HQ Holden series, an impressive top five championship result in the inaugural Toyota Racing Series lead to a move to Australia and two seasons in the popular V8 Utes series.[1] 2006 saw Pither join Brad Jones Racings second tier Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series backed by his V8 Utes sponsor, Kanga Loaders. A sporadic 2007 campaign, switching teams mid season did not bring positive results but still managed to join tail-marking main-game V8 Supercars outfit Team Kiwi Racing for four rounds during the 14 event season. After subbing for regular driver Kayne Scott at the Eastern Creek Raceway round, led to a second round at Winton Motor Raceway although the results were not spectacular. The endurance races were particularly disappointing after an engine failure in practice saw TKR withdraw from the L&H 500. Pither was involved in a major accident during practice for the Supercheap Auto 1000. Pither struck the stationary Paul Weel in a heavy impact at Reid Park corner, causing heavy damage to both cars and hospitalising Weel. The Falcon was repaired to unexpectedly start the race, but was the race's first retirement. Pither has since parted from the team and he took a hiatus from racing in 2009.

Chris Pither's return to V8 Supercars would come in 2012, Chris signs to drive the endurance cars with David Wall in the #21 Brad Jones Racing Commodore. A signing that would lead Pither to a full-time drive in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series. Pither's campaign will be sponsored by IceBreak Iced Coffee.

Career results[edit]

Some results sourced from:[2]

Season Series Position Car Team
1999/2000 New Zealand Formula First Championship 4th
2001 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 12th
2003/04 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship 4th
2003 New Zealand HQ Holden Series 1st Holden Kingswood
2004 New Zealand HQ Holden Series 1st Holden Kingswood
2004/05 Toyota Racing Series 5th Tatuus-Toyota
2006 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 11th Ford AU Falcon Brad Jones Racing
2006 V8 Supercar Championship Series 61st Holden VZ Commodore Team Kiwi Racing
2007 Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series 14th Holden VZ Commodore
Holden VY Commodore
Hobson Motorsport
Greg Murphy Racing
2008 V8 Supercar Championship Series 50th Ford BF Falcon Team Kiwi Racing
2010 NZ V8 Ute Championship Series 1st Ford Falcon XR8 Chris Pither Racing
2011 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series 1st Holden VE Ute SS IceBreak Racing
2012 V8SuperTourer Championship 21st Holden VE Commodore PS Racing
2012 International V8 Supercars Championship 44th Holden VE Commodore Britek Motorsport
2012 Australian V8 Ute Racing Series 26th Holden VE Ute SS IceBreak Racing
2013 Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 15th Holden VE Commodore Brad Jones Racing
2013 International V8 Supercars Championship 47th Holden VF Commodore Brad Jones Racing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About me". Chris Pither Motorsport. Retrieved 2009-01-07. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Driver Database: Chris Pither". Driver Database. Retrieved 2009-01-07.