02
Mar
2014

Fredrik Lestrup summarize first V8 Supercar weekend

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Fredrik Lestrup’s first V8 Supercar weekend has been completed on the streets of Adelaide with the second race on Saturday. In the Saturday qualifying session Fredrik once again improved his performance and his laptime with another four tenths which put him 17th on the grid, three positions better from the first qualifying. Fredrik managed once again a great start and was up to 15th position after the first lap. An intense mid field battle followed over the next laps and Fredrik could hold his position until slipping two positions out of the final corner. Shortly afterwards he locked up a wheel under braking for the hairpin and flatspotted a tyre which caused vibrations. Late in the race on the penultimate lap he picked up debris from the race track, causing a puncture on the left rear that forced him to spin out. He could get going again and cross the finish line but with the final laptime 140 % slower than the race fastest lap he was not classfied.
“I’m not very happy with my performance in the second race,” Fredrik said. “I had a good first half of the race after another great start and I could show I can fight up in the midfield. Lap times were good enough for just outside top 10 so that is encouraging. Unfortunately I started to make too many small mistakes in the second half of the race after I locked up a wheel. That was all down to me, I lost a bit of concentration and in this series you can’t get away with that. Unfortunately I hit some debris late in the race which caused a puncture and a spin. I could get going again and cross the finish line but my final lap was too slow for us to be classified in the race. Not the way I wanted to end this weekend but it is all part of the steep learning curve.”

Overall Fredrik had a good first V8 Supercar weekend in the Dunlop series. Two good qualifying sessions, two good starts and a race finish in 15th position and on course for another race finish in the second race. With improvements step by step every session Fredrik feels it was an acceptable start to his V8 Supercar season.
“Overall I think I can leave Adelaide quite happy and proud over my debut here. These cars are very hard and physical to drive but we improved step by step each session. I could show I already have pace for the midfield and we found what we need to work on which is positive. I learned a lot this weekend that I can work on and apply for the coming weekends. All in all a good and very fun weekend. Highlights are the qualifying results and the first race fight and result. The downside are the mistakes I made in the second race but overall a good weekend. A big thanks to RSport, Pacific Hoists, Licht&Harmonie, Halda and everyone who’s made this possible. Bring on Winton!”

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Next race is Winton 400 at Winton Raceway outside Melbourne first weekend in April.

Points table Dunlop V8 Supercar Series after round one 

All results at racing.natsoft.com.au/results

Racereport and result, race 1 from Speedcafe

Racereport and result, race 2 from Speedcafe 

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