Chris Pither says he is working hard to unlock fresh opportunities in his career after being overlooked for a full-time Supercars seat.
Pither completed the full 2020 Supercars campaign with Team Sydney in what was only the Kiwi’s second permanent season drive of his career.
Backed with the support of soft drink giant Coca-Cola, Pither was confirmed as the team’s second driver on the eve of the opening round in Adelaide.
He concluded the year 20th overall but with his tail up after finishing the season finale in Bathurst reliably and in a respectable 16th.
However, last week arrived with the unwelcomed news that Pither would be replaced at Team Sydney in favour of Garry Jacobson for the upcoming championship.
Now, Pither says he is turning his attention elsewhere as he eyes the next step of his career.
“With yesterday’s announcement, I won’t be racing in the Supercars championship full-time in 2021,” Pither wrote on a post to social media.
“My focus is always on results. Over my career, I have been fortunate to have a number of opportunities where results have been achievable.
“Unfortunately, last season’s results were below my expectations.
“I’m working hard to be back in the seat soon and with my great relationship with Coca-Cola means we’re looking for new opportunities.
“Thank you to Team Sydney and crew for the opportunity and effort in 2020. Also, a big thanks to all of you who continue to support and follow me.”
Pither has a successful New Zealand resume, highlighted by being a two-time champion in the national HQ Championship and claiming the 2010 NZ V8 Ute Championship series title.
Across the ditch, Pither won the 2011 Australian V8 Ute Championship and the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2018.