Swedish racing driver Fredrik Lestrup enters Australian Dunlop V8 Supercar series for 2014


Entering his tenth season of car racing Fredrik Lestrup embarks on his biggest motorsport challenge yet as he has finalized plans to drive in the Australian Dunlop V8 Supercar series in 2014. Fredrik will join Rsport RACE Engineering in a 2012 Holden Commodore for the full season.

The 14 race long season runs over seven race weekends and starts in Adelaide at the end of February, finishes in Sydney in December and also includes the legendary Bathurst race.
– This is a dream come true and a fantastic but also difficult challenge, says Fredrik. My ambition to make this happen definitely increased after the test last year when I first had a chance to drive these cars. I want to thank all the partners who have helped make this possible and the team for their confidence in me. I also want to thank Nandi Kiss who organized my first test last year.

The season begins in Adelaide in February with two races on the fast street circuit. Fredrik is under no illusion about the challenge that awaits him.
– Not only is the track completely new to me but the car is too, and I will be up against competitors who know these tracks and cars a lot better. I know I’m in for a huge challenge but to say I’m motivated and looking forward to this is an understatement, I can’t wait to get this started. I will be up against drivers with many years of experience from both the Dunlop series and the main series but I will of course do my best to be competitive and progress through the year and gain experience.

Fredrik will drive for Rsport RACE Engineering from Dural just outside Sydney. The team is owned by Mark Robertson who has been involved in V8 Supercars and the Dunlop series for the past 14 years. He was present at the test last year and has worked ever since to make the switch to V8 Supercars possible for the Swede.
– I was asked to provide data analysis and technical support at the test Fredrik did for Nandi Kiss in September last year, and I was impressed with Fredrik’s professional approach and desire to succeed, explains Mark. He quickly reached the potential of the car and the tires given to him for the day, and after Bathurst we continued discussions about 2014. We left with a principal agreement for 2014 and I am very happy we together have managed to find the required funding both in Europe and Australia for this season. We are very pleased to be able to announce that Fredrik will drive for us in 2014.

About Fredrik Lestrup:

Fredrik Lestrup is a 29 year old racing driver from Stockholm, Sweden. His career in motorsport began in 2005 when he joined the Junior Touring Car Championship in Sweden. After having graduated to the Swedish Touring Car Championship two years later, Fredrik moved his career to Germany where he raced for several seasons in MINI Challenge. Then followed seasons in the Swedish and German GT Championships coupled with endurance races in Europe and Dubai including thus far seven 24-hour races at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Dubai and Barcelona. Besides racing Fredrik also works as a race engineer and driver coach.

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The team:

Rsport RACE Engineering, based in Dural, NSW is owned by Mark Robertson and was started in 2013 as an extension from his motorsport service business. Mark Robertson has 14 years of experience from the Dunlop series where he started in 2000 in what was then called the Konica series winning the championship together with Dean Canto. Mark has also provided data and engineering services for V8 Supercar teams Romano Racing and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport. The team will enjoy technical support packaged from Garry Rogers Motorsport.

The car:

The Holden Commodore is an ex-Garry Rogers Motorsport car built by Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2010 and debuted for the enduro races that year. The car was driven by Michael Caruso in the 2011 and 2012 season before the new COTF regulations were introduced in V8 Supercars in 2013. The car was delivered to Rsport Race Engineering in august 2013 and is fitted with a Walkinshaw Performance engine package. The car will make its Dunlop series debut in 2014 in the hands of Fredrik Lestrup and will be engineered by Rsport Race Engineering.

Dunlop V8 Supercar Series:

The Dunlop V8 Supercar series is the second highest level of touring car racing in Australia and a second tier championship for V8 Supercar competitors. The category is a feeder series for the well known V8 Supercars series and many drivers from the Dunlop series go on to the V8 Supercars. Many Dunlop Series drivers also typically double as co-drivers in the V8 Supercar enduros. The teams race with V8 Supercars from 2012 or older previously raced and used in the V8 Supercar championships. The season comprises seven race weekends including the legendary Bathurst and Adelaide circuits. Those weekends are shared with the V8 Supercars. Usually three races are held each weekend.

Official website: http://www.v8supercars.com.au/dunlopseries

Calendar – Dunlop V8 Supercar Series:

28th February – 3rd March: Clipsal 500 Adelaide
3-5 May : Chill Perth 360
5-7 July: Sucrogen Townsville 400
26-28 July: Coates Hire Ipswich 360
23-25 August: Winton 360
10-13 October: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
6-8 December: Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500

Contact Fredrik Lestrup: fredrik@lestrup.nu
Media inquiries Fredrik Lestrup: ola@mediaempire.sefredrik@lestrup.nu


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