Chris Pither and Ice Break Racing have linked with multiple Dunlop Series winning team MW Motorsport for the 2015 season.
The 28-year-old New Zealander steps into MW Motorsport’s #42 Ford Falcon FG, which won the 2013 title in the hands of Dale Wood.
Having scored a race and round victory on the way to fourth in last year’s Dunlop Series, Pither is expected to mount a strong challenge for the title this season.
MW Motorsport is the only team to win multiple championships in the 15 year history of the Dunlop Series.
Pither also comes with his own title winning credentials, scoring V8 Ute Racing Series crowns in both Australia and New Zealand before graduating to V8 Supercars.
“We’re very excited to have Chris and Ice Break join us for the new season,” said Matthew White.
“Chris was the most consistent performer in last year’s Dunlop Series and in my mind the stand-out driver of the season.
“We’re confident that MW Motorsport can give him the equipment he needs to take the next step with his results.
“It’s obviously going to be a tough season with a lot of good drivers and cars in the field, but we think Chris has what it takes to succeed.”
Pither will have his first taste of the Ice Break Ford during a test at Winton Motor Raceway on Tuesday (February 17) ahead of the season opening Clipsal 500 Adelaide, which starts on February 26.
“MW Motorsport is a slick operation with a proven track record so it’s exciting for myself and Ice Break to join Matthew and his team,” said Pither.
“Receiving the phone call from Matthew on Saturday at the Bathurst 12 Hour confirming I would be back on the grid in 2015 was a huge relief.
“I’ve been running in the series now for two years and I feel this is the next step in my progress towards winning the title.
“I’ve driven a lot of different V8 Supercars in recent years but this will be my first time in a Ford Performance Racing-built car, so I’m looking forward to my first test.
“The team has a lot of experience and data with the cars so hopefully by the time we get to Adelaide we can hit the ground running.
“If we can be fast and consistent throughout the season then there’s no reason why we can’t be in the mix for the championship at the end of the year.”
Pither will head to Adelaide with no shortage of racing miles under his belt, having driven an Ice Break backed Porsche to a solid 11th place in the recent Bathurst 12 Hours.
“Doing the Bathurst 12 Hour was a great start to the year as there’s no substitute for seat time, regardless of what car you’re in,” said Pither.
“Normally when you go to Adelaide you’re lucky if you’ve done a test day in a Supercar, so having a 12 Hour and a test under my belt will help us make a flying start.”
The Dunlop Series will contest two 19 lap races at the Clipsal 500, broadcast on both Network Ten and Fox Sports.