This weekend the season in the German touring car series ADAC Procar kicks off in Oschersleben in Germany. Fredrik Lestrup enters the championship in its highest class with a newly built MINI John Cooper Works S with Besaplast Racing for the top Division 1 category.
The team has built a new MINI and spent a lot of work on the aerodynamics and the engine power creating a MINI with 300 bhp and Fredrik believes they can challenge for the overall championship.
“I’m looking forward to the season and we are going for the championship this year”, he says. “There are some very competitive cars entered but Besaplast and David Dombek has done a great job building this new MINI and getting it ready in time for this weekend. It will be exciting to see where we stand but I have high hopes. The car certainly looks capable and Oschersleben is one of my favorite tracks. It was a while since I last raced but hopefully I can get up to speed quickly and we can find a set-up for the car that enable us to challenge from the start.”
ADAC Procar is held over eight race weekends in Germany and central Europe this year.
Race calendar – ADAC Procar 2015
April 24-26, Oschersleben – Germany
May 7-9, Zolder – Belgium
July 3-5, Lausitzring – Germany
July 24-26, Salsburgring – Austria
August 14-16, Nürburgring – Germany
August 28-30, Sachsenring – Germany
September 18-20, Zandvoort – Holland
October 2-4, Spa Framchorchamps, Belgium
Official website: http://www.adac-procar.de/default.aspx
Time schedule – Oschersleben: http://www.adac-procar.de/content/media/5834.pdf
Entry list – Oschersleben: http://www.adac-procar.de/content/media/5844.pdf
Race weekend information: http://www.adac-procar.de/default.aspx?ID=5108
Fredrik Lestrup returns to the European racing scene in 2015 with a busy racing schedule that includes both the full ADAC Procar Championship in Germany as well ad Endurance racing with Besaplast Racing.
He will return to the MINI cockpit as the team will build a brand new MINI GP2 for the Division 1 category in the ADAC Procar Championship. Six of eight race weekends around Europe has been announced with two more yet to be confirmed. The championship will share weekends with ADAC GT Masters, Blancpain Endurance series and FIA ETCC.
Fredrik Lestrup will drive a brand new MINI GP2 prepared and built by Dombek Motorsport in the highest category, and he looks forward to return to the European racing scene.
“After this season I was looking at other opportunities outside racing but when David Dombek and Besaplast approached me with this suggestion I was immediately attracted by the idea”, Fredrik says. “They were prepared to build me a new car and had familiar partners prepared to support the project. I feel humbled by the support they have shown to get me in the car and was very attracted by the idea. The team showed this year they can be competitive with the MINI:s against the S2000 cars in Division 1, and I think we can go for race wins and a top position in the championship. It was an easy decision to make.”
Fredrik will also continue with Besaplast Racing in various Endurance races throughout the year, starting with the Dubai 24-hours in January. 12-hour races at Mugello and Zandvoort as well as the 24-hour races at Nürburgring and Barcelona are also planned. Fredrik will drive both the teams Audi TT-RS and the MINI John Cooper Works Endurance in the endurance races for Besaplast Racing.
“Besaplast and Dombek Motorsport work closely together so it was an easy fit to add the Endurance races for Besaplast to the schedule and I’m honoured to once again be called up by Besaplast to do these 12 and 24-hour races,” Fredrik says. “It will be a busy year with over 13 race weekends so I’m happy to have such a big programme planned this early.”
In addition to his own racing Fredrik Lestrup also plans to enter his own MINI in various Endurance races in Sweden and Europe during the year.
Provisional race schedule – 2015
January 8-10, Dubai 24 hours, Dubai
March 13-14, Mugello 12 hours, Mugello
April 24-26, ADAC Procar, Oschersleben (ADAC GT Masters)
May 14-17, Nürburgring 24 hours, Nürburgring
May 29-30, Zandvoort 12 hours, Zandvoort
June 5-7, ADAC Procar, Zolder (Blancpain GT)
July 3-5, ADAC Procar, Lausitzring (ADAC GT Masters)
July 24-26, ADAC Procar, Salzburg Ring (FIA ETCC)
August 28-30, ADAC Procar, Sachsenring (ADAC GT Masters)
September 18-20, ADAC Procar, Zandvoort (ADAC GT Masters)
TBA, ADAC Procar
TBA, ADAC Procar
Fredrik Lestrup will join Besaplast Racing for his ninth 24-hour race and his third start in the Barcelona 24-hours this weekend. The race, currently running qualifying and night training during Friday evening, will start on Saturday at 12 am for a full run around the clock.
Fredrik Lestrup is present with Besaplast Racing team to defend their class victory in the A2 class from last year as well as improve on their impressive fifth overall position. Last year they were in contention for a very impressive third place in the final hours in the MINI against much more powerful machinery when they hit mechanical problem and had to pit, costing them enough time to fall to an nevertheless impressive fifth place overall.
But Fredrik also has a second duty on his hands in this year’s event as he has entered his own team, Fredrik Lestrup Racing, in the race running another MINI John Cooper Works S in the same class. Fredrik will not drive the car himself and has a team running the car for its four drivers but will keep a close eye on the fortunes of his own team as well as leading the Besaplast Racing Team entry.
“It’s great to be back at Barcelona again for my third 24-hour race here and my ninth 24-hour, all of the except one with Besaplast Racing,” Fredrik says. “We are of course going here with high hopes for Besaplast Racing given our success here last year. But this year is extra interesting for me as I will also have my own team entered in the race. As I will drive myself for Besaplast Racing I will not be able to look after my own team during the race obviously but there is a great team of people running it and helping our drivers have a great 24-hour experience. My own team and Besaplast Racing will share a pit box so I will be able to keep a close eye on their progress during the weekend though. It will for sure be a new and interesting experience to race in a race against my own team in the same class but I’m looking forward to it!”
Live-timing, live Twitter updates and results during the qualifying, night practice and race can be found at http://live.24hseries.com/
After completing the first four race weekends of the season Fredrik Lestrup has decided to leave Dunlop V8 Supercars and the Pacific Hoists R-Sport team ahead of this weekend’s race in Ipswich. Having debuted at the Adelaide weekend and recently posting his most successful race weekend in Dunlop V8 Supercars at Townsville, commitments elsewhere and a budget shortfall have unfortunately put an end to Fredrik’s championship after four weekends.
“It has been my biggest challenge yet and a long term dream come true to race in Australia but unfortunately I have had to realize it’s no longer possible for me to continue,” Fredrik says. “It has not been possible to raise the required budget to continue and this in addition to other commitments back home means I have had to end my Australian season earlier than planned. It’s been a tough but very enjoyable experience and we have been closer and closer every weekend to getting into the top 10 despite no testing and limited running. I have learnt a lot about driving these cars and have been encouraged by the progress we have been able to make.”
Fredrik especially wants to thank everyone involved and wishes the team the best of luck for the remaining race weekends.
“A big thanks to all the partners that have made this possible. Especially Pacific Hoists who had some fantastic events together with us but also CEJN, Halda, R-Sports Race Engineering, Licht & Harmonie and everyone else involved. It has been a great experience and I wish the team and Brett Hobson who will take over the 44 car from me the best of luck for the rest of the season.”
Fredrik will continue to race in Europe this year with some additional races to be announced later.
At the street circuit in Townsville Fredrik Lestrup had his best Dunlop V8 Supercars weekend of the season result wise last weekend with a 13th and 16th position in the two races. Fredrik was happy with the progress.
“We continue to make progress and getting closer to our potential despite no testing during the season so I think we should be happy with the results this weekend,” Fredrik says. “We’ve not been able to crack the top 10 quite yet but this weekend we were closer than we’ve been so far.”
In the first race Fredrik climbed from 22nd position on the grid to a 13th position in the race, taking advantage of a final lap collision in the final corner to make up the last few positions. In the second race he started 19th and managed to climb to 16th at the finish line.
“It was another new track and another new street circuit so it was difficult to know what to expect before the weekend. My main priority was to have two clean races and keep the car in one piece and get a lot of running. We definitely achieved that with hardly a scratch on the car and two ok results and the most points we’ve scored from a weekend so far this year. The track was a lot of fun to drive, despite being a street circuit it felt like a proper race circuit but with close barriers. Overall a positive weekend with a lot of guests from Pacific Hoists, Bullivants and CEJN to support us,” Fredrik summarizes.
After the weekend Fredrik is now 17th overall in the standings.
Full results from Townsville and championship standings:
Dunlop V8 Supercars Championship: