Fredrik Lestrup ended the Winton 400 Dunlop V8 Supercars weekend at Winton with a strong comeback drive to 16th position on Sunday after a difficult Saturday.
Saturday – qualifying and race 1:
Fredrik qualified the #44 Pacific Hoists Holden V8 Commodore in 22nd position for the first race. In the race he was fighting for 20th position when a brake problem and a loose wheel forced him into the pits for repairs. Although he could get back out on the track again the repairs put him back in 27th place, which in turn gave him a 27th start position for the second race.
“After having made progress in Adelaide we had a more difficult start to the weekend than we expected and was back at zero again. We had to play catch up and it took a while to get the car right and find a rhythm. We were ok for qualifying but far from where we wanted to be and I also struggled to find a gap in the traffic and get a good lap in. I made a good start in the race however and could gain a few positions right away and the car felt better. But then a wheel came loose that knocked out the brakes and I had to pit to fix it and that was that. We could get out again and finish the race but far from where we wanted to finish,” Fredrik says.
Sunday – race 2:
Starting from 27th Fredrik quickly made up places after a mega start and was up to 19th position already after the first lap. Continuing to climb and with competitive lap times he could gain more positions and was up to 16th position close to 15th when the chequered flag fell.
“Finishing 27th in the first race meant that’s where we had to start this race. I had a great start though and could gain eight positions on the first lap. The car worked great and finally we were where we should have started this weekend. It was an eventful race with a lot going on but I managed to climb to 16th position with lap times good enough for top 10. It was a good finish to a difficult weekend and I’m happy with this comeback drive and to show we do have a lot of pace in the car. With 25 guests on Saturday and 40 guests on Sunday it was also good to finish the weekend on a bit of a high. Thanks to the whole team and all the guests who gave us great support this weekend. Now it’s back to Europe for a VLN race at Nürburgring before going back again for the Perth 400,” Fredrik summarizes.
Next race is the Perth 400 May 16th-18th.
Race result, race 1:
1 56 TEAM ENZED FPR Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 35:47.4426 5 1:24.9215*
2 27 East Coast Traffic Control Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 35:57.3411 5 1:25.2924
3 87 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 35:58.9375 7 1:25.0404
4 20 DGS/Fuchs Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:17.7342 6 1:25.8572
5 88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:18.0211 7 1:25.8787
6 67 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 36:18.4104 6 1:25.8444
7 28 Haber Excavations/Miraflores Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 36:19.3676 7 1:25.8759
8 54 Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:20.3115 7 1:25.7572
9 26 Finance Ezi/MWM Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 36:20.6898 7 1:26.0555 10
10 Image Racing Taz Douglas Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 36:21.0855 10 1:25.8772
11 42 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:22.3673 6 1:25.9339
12 38 Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:24.3034 7 1:26.3155
13 48 R&J Batteries Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:26.8097 7 1:26.0432
14 45 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Shane Price Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:31.5066 7 1:26.3043
15 35 Matt Stone Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 36:35.8795 10 1:26.5569
16 3 Vili’s Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:42.3276 7 1:26.6350
17 71 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon fg 5000 25 36:43.6724 12 1:26.7901
18 73 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 36:56.5697 11 1:26.9128
19 49 Image Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 5000 25 37:01.9768 7 1:27.1089
20 11 CarTorque/Royal Purple Garth Walden Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 37:04.5619 5 1:27.3759
21 50 Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders Matt Hansen Holden Commodore VE2 5000 25 37:17.6182 22 1:25.1193
22 46 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Jordan Ormsby Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 35:52.8657 7 1:27.9280
23 60 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 35:55.2558 7 1:27.8183
24 75 McGill Motorsport Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 35:58.6365 9 1:27.8195
25 98 Voight Contracting Aaron Tebb Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:22.0169 10 1:27.4709
26 51 Mocomm Communications Jim Pollicina Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:26.4415 3 1:28.0822
27 44 Pacific Hoists/Race Pilot Fredrik Lestrup Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:13.2720 4 1:26.9406
28 58 Novocastrian Motorsport Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 5000 22 36:23.6886 8 1:25.9415
29 25 Street Fighter Dan Day Holden Commodore VE2 5000 22 37:06.2568 16 1:27.7112
24 Worldwide Gaming Tim Macrow Holden Commodore VE2 5000 10 15:21.8046 6 1:28.0973
Race result, race 2:
1 87 Infants Friend Ashley Walsh Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:23.1376 6 1:25.2704*
2 88 Eggleston Motorsport Paul Dumbrell Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:25.0751 6 1:25.2713
3 54 Eggleston Motorsport Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:28.6556 16 1:25.6167
4 56 TEAM ENZED FPR Cameron Waters Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:29.5436 15 1:25.4010
5 67 Sargent Security Racing Paul Morris Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:39.7774 11 1:26.2036
6 20 DGS/Fuchs Andrew Jones Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:40.0847 3 1:25.6887
7 42 Icebreak Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:40.4252 4 1:25.8671
8 27 East Coast Traffic Control Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:41.0764 15 1:26.0304
9 38 Eggleston Motorsport Ant Pedersen Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:42.7297 3 1:26.0604
10 26 Finance Ezi/MWM Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:43.4796 4 1:26.1281
11 35 Matt Stone Racing Todd Hazelwood Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:48.7318 6 1:26.4393
12 48 R&J Batteries Geoff Emery Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:50.0705 5 1:26.2998
13 71 Action Racing Marcus Zukanovic Ford Falcon fg 5000 24 36:50.5136 4 1:26.2898
14 58 Novocastrian Motorsport Aaren Russell Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:51.0458 6 1:26.0037
15 49 Image Racing Jack Le Brocq Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 36:53.3398 4 1:26.7308
16 44 Pacific Hoists/Race Pilot Fredrik Lestrup Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:56.1430 6 1:26.3117
17 46 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Jordan Ormsby Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 36:59.7856 16 1:27.2054
18 50 Forpark/Aust Custom Moulders Matt Hansen Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:02.2906 5 1:26.6828
19 98 Voight Contracting Aaron Tebb Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:10.3608 13 1:27.8551
20 73 Formula Tech/Interquip Racing Brett Stewart Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:14.5943 13 1:27.9871
21 25 Street Fighter Dan Day Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:16.5278 12 1:28.0178
22 24 Worldwide Gaming Tim Macrow Holden Commodore VE2 5000 24 37:22.4784 12 1:27.8705
23 60 Gulf Western Oil Michael Hector Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 37:26.7825 12 1:27.7475
24 51 Mocomm Communications Jim Pollicina Ford Falcon FG 5000 24 37:35.8902 3 1:27.8296
25 11 CarTorque/Royal Purple Garth Walden Holden Commodore VE2 5000 23 37:22.8231 4 1:27.2146
26 75 McGill Motorsport Aaron McGill Holden Commodore VE2 5000 22 37:11.4348 5 1:27.7218
27 10 Image Racing Taz Douglas Ford Falcon FG 5000 19 36:36.3825 3 1:42.9834
3 Vili’s Josh Kean Holden Commodore VE2 5000 9 14:56.8026 6 1:26.3660
45 THR Motorsports/S.A. Racing Shane Price Holden Commodore VE2 5000 9 14:58.0290 6 1:26.1533
28 Haber Excavations/Miraflores Morgan Haber Ford Falcon FG 5000 9 14:59.4220 5 1:26.1492
Complete results from the race weekend at http://racing.natsoft.com.au/
This weekend it’s time for the second race weekend in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series. The place is Winton outside Melbourne, a permanent race circuit where the #44 Pacific Hoists R-sport Race Engineering team did their pre-season test before the start of the season. After Adelaide Fredrik Lestrup looks forward to this weekend.
“I’m ready to go this weekend. My debut is over and done with and now we come to a track where I’ve been before although I’ve only driven it once but it’s the only track this year I at least have some experience of. The target is to qualify and race well within top 15 this weekend.We were there or there about at Adelaide and now I want to raise the bar. I’m pretty happy overall with the Adelaide weekend, we scored some points and I could finish 15th in the first race and was on course for a similar position in the second race before a puncture ended our day. Even so we were happy with that weekend as a start and now we want to continue forward. the main goal is to continue to finish the races and get the experience.”
The two practice rounds were held on Friday and it proved to be two tricky sessions with mixed weather, red flags and low overall grip in the track. Fredrik Lestrup hade 23st and 24th best time in the two practice sessions and explained there were some difficulties.
“It was a difficult first day with tricky conditions and mixed weather. We didn’t have the smoothest practice and ended up a bit too far off the pace. But there’s still cause for optimism, we have some things to change on the car and our fastest laps were aborted due to a red flag but it looked quite promising. I think we can find more pace tomorrow and still reach our targets for the weekend. I look forward to qualifying and race.”
Quick info race weekend 2 – Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
Friday 4:th of April
Free practise 1, 10:35-11:15
Free practise 2, 13:20-13:10
Saturday 5:th of April
Qualifying group 1, 09:30-09:45
Qualifying group 2, 09:55-10:10
Race 1, 15:15, 25 laps
Sunday 6:th of April
Race 2, 13:15, 25 laps
Live-timing: www.natsoft.com.au – Online Race Results – Circuit Racing
Fredrik Lestrup Racing Facebook: www.facebook.com/
Track info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winton_Motor_Raceway
Nu är omgång 5 av IDCC 2013/2014 körd och ledarna i båda grupperna har tagit stenhårda grepp om totaltabellen.
I grupp 1 lyckades PC Racing Team ta en övertygande seger med 1 varvs ledning före Midmarks som gjorde ett av sina bättre race denna säsong.
Trea blev Tromb racing som fortsätter plocka pallplaceringar.
Bakom PC Racing Team är det fortfarande tätt i tabellen och 4 lag ligger inom 2 poäng. Sista racet kommer alltså vara väldigt avgörande!
I grupp 2 tog Speedlab ännu en seger och utökar ledningen i tabellen.
Labomba Racing gjorde sitt bästa race denna säsong och slutade på en andra plats, 3,7 sekunder före jagande Stavves.
Stavves har nu tagit över andra platsen i tabellen men Fatboy Slims är bara en poäng bakom.
Finalerna kommer bli väldigt avgörande i båda grupperna och finalerna kommer gå av stapeln i slutet av april på Järfälla gokartbana.
Grupp 1 kör sitt race på måndagen den 28:e april med samling kl 18:00
Racet för grupp 2 kommer vi att behöva flytta från den 30:e. Återkommer med nya datumet så fort jag har det klart!
Fredrik Lestrup and Besaplast Racing added another Endurance trophy to the cabinet with a class victory in the A2 class with the Besaplast Racing MINI at the 12 hour race at Mugello in Italy. The weekend was not without drama though as the team encountered a misfire in the new engine shortly before the race and the team had perform something of a miracle in changing the engine just before qualifying. With just minutes to spare before the qualifying session was over the new engine was in the car and Fredrik could find time for a quick lap and put the car on the pole.
In the race, which started on Friday with three hours before parc fermé during the night ahead of the final nine hours the next day Fredrik together with team mates Franjo Kovac and Martin Tschornia could control their lead in the class and advance to a 13th place overall in the standings.
“I always enjoy racing with Besaplast Racing and it was another great endurance race for us”, Fredrik says. “The team did a fantastic job in changing the engine and get us out before qualifying stopped which was an amazing work effort after we discovered a misfire in the new engine. The race was enjoyable, we could control our pace and didn’t have any real dramas during the race. It felt a bit different to park the car on Friday evening for the night and then go back to racing the next day after a good nights sleep. But it’s another experience. Big thanks to Besaplast Racing and the whole crew for letting me race with them again and it feels great to add another victory together with them. Now I’m looking forward to return to Australia for my third race weekend this year.”
Fredriks next race appearance is in Australia and the Winton Race Track for the second round in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series 4-6 April.
Just two weeks after his debut in the Dunlop V8 Supercar Series Fredrik Lestrup is back in Europe for his second race of the season. This time he enters the 12-hour race at Mugello in Italy, driving the MINI John Cooper Works S Endurance for the Besaplast Racing Team.
“The difference between cars and events could hardlu be much bigger,” Fredrik says. “But I am looking forward to this event and I’m grateful Besaplast has asked me to drive for them again. If it were just up to me I would do a race every weekend so I’m happy for every opportunity I get to race.”
Fredrik Lestrup will team up with team owner Franjo Kovac and Martin Tschornia in the #44 MINI John Cooper Works S Endurance, a car which took the team to a dominant class victory and a fifth position overall in the Barcelona 24 hour race in September last year.
“We are entering this race with high targets and are definitely looking at another class victory. The car has been constantly improved by Besaplast Racing and David Dombek Motorsport and we know it is both fast and reliable in these endurance events, and the team are always strong with the strategy. This event is a little bit different with three hours on Friday followed by a parc fermé break before the remaining nine hours of the race the next day. Nevertheless I think we can be strong again and I’m looking forward to be back with Besaplast for another endurance event before heading back to Australia again.”
14:00-17:00 Race Part 1
Official website for the race: www.12hitaly.com
Fredrik Lestrup Racing at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
Besaplast Racnig Team / David Dombek Motorsport at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/
In-car movies, Besaplast Racing & Fredrik Lestrup:
24h Nürburgring 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
24h Barcelona 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
24h Dubai 2013: https://www.youtube.com/watch?