Supercars: Kiwi Chris Pither confirms commitment to troubled Team Sydney outfit

Chris Pither in action in Adelaide
Chris Pither in action in Adelaide Photo credit: Photosport

Kiwi Chris Pither has reaffirmed his commitment to troubled Supercars outfit Team Sydney.

Australian veteran James Courtney sent shockwaves through the paddock last week, when he announced his departure from the Holden squad, after just one event.

Courtney ended a decade-long relationship with Walkinshaw Andretti United to join Team Sydney this season, but is now without a drive for the first time in his career.

Team owner Jonathon Webb has confirmed Courtney will be replaced, while also denying reports that Pither was set to walk as well.

"We confirm that Chris Pither and Coca-Cola Amatil remain committed to Team Sydney, despite speculation from media outlets," Webb said.

"We continue our preparation for competition at the Australian Grand Prix, and will release the driver and livery of car 19 in due course. 

"On behalf of our team and my family, I’d like to thank our sponsor partners and followers for their continued support and involvement in the Team Sydney project."

Kiwi Chris Pither
Kiwi Chris Pither Photo credit: Photosport
James Courtney in action in Adelaide
James Courtney in action in Adelaide Photo credit: Getty

Pither was only confirmed as the team's second entry four days before the start of the season in Adelaide last month. The deal marked a return to full-time driving after three years for Pither, who previously drove for the now-defunct Super Black Racing. 

The 33-year-old said he was committed to his new crew.

"I am pleased to clarify I’m not going anywhere and I’m grateful to be back in the Supercars Championship," Pither said.

"Jon Webb and his team have done a great job to get Team Sydney on the grid this year and secure Coca-Cola Amatil as a partner.

"We are a new team, we have realistic expectations, we all want results, we have passion and we will continue to grow.

"As a team, we appreciate the positive support, which is why I wanted to clear any inaccurate and negative suggestions around our future."

The second round will play support act to the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne next weekend.