The Dunlop Series kicked off last weekend at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide and what an exciting start it was! With a new car, new team and new driver anything was possible for the Pacific Hoists / Halda Race Pilot team and our driver Fredrik was raring to go in the 29 car strong field.
Practice sessions kicked off early on the Thursday with Fredrik Lestrup finishing in the top 20 in the both practice sessions, with no car drama and a total of 43 laps completed, he was happy with his first day.
“Although it’s true that more people were ahead than behind us on the time sheet I’m happy with the day,” he said. “We did just what we set out to do, to have a problem free day with a lot of running and getting experience of the track and the car. There are things to work on obviously. I need to understand how to get the most out of these tyres when they are new and there’s more work to be done. But a very good first day and an unbelievable experience to finally having driven my first official V8 session. A big thanks to the team.”
Friday was an intense and exciting first race for Fredrik in the Dunlop series. Starting 20th Fredrik got a good getaway and after two laps he had already moved up to 15th position. A locked up wheel on turn 4 saw him go down the escape road which cost him nine positions. He re-entered the race in 24th but picked off car after car until he was back in 15th position with just a few laps to go. Watch Fredriks Race 1 finish here.
“The race went better than expected and it was just so much fun,” Fredrik said afterwards. “It’s possible to race with these cars and it was just great. I made a costly mistake in turn 4 and locked up the brakes and chose to go down the escape road and flip it around rather than risk hitting the wall. That cost me nine positions but the car was great and the pace was really good and consistent and I could get them back and the pace was good enough for top 10. I’m really happy with my first race here, we fulfilled all the targets we had for the first race.”
In the Saturday qualifying session Fredrik once again improved his performance and his lap time by another four tenths which put him 17th on the grid, three positions better from the first qualifying. With a great start he was back in 15th position after the first lap. An intense mid field battle followed over the next laps with Fredrik slipping two positions out of the final corner. Shortly afterwards he locked up a wheel under braking for the hairpin and flatspotted a tyre. Then on the second last lap he picked up debris from the race track, causing a puncture on the left rear that forced him to spin out. He managed to cross the finish line but with a final lap time 140 % slower than the races fastest lap it was not classified.
“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 whichcaused 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!”
Pacific Hoists would also like to send out a Big Thank You to all our guests who attended over the Clipsal 500 weekend, also to Fredrik, the racing and Pacific Hoists teams who helped make the first race of the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series memorable.
Thank you to all and see you at Winton!
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FEEDBACK FROM PACIFIC HOISTS GUESTS
“I would just like to thank yourself and the team at Pacific Hoists for all of the effort you made over the last week. Firstly the Pit Stop Challenge was a great experience, and our staff had a fun time getting involved, then the invitations to come and experience a day in the pits with your race team. We all had a great time and are extremely grateful. I have been asked by many to pass on their appreciation.
Your staff from Pacific were always making us feel welcome, and the race team were extremely friendly also (especially considering that they were competing). As for the driver Frederick, I think he came across very professional, and always took the time to speak with us and explain how things worked. I think you have done well in backing this team, and we wish you all the best.
Thanks again for everything.”
“Many thanks for the hospitality shown at the Clipsal, the team should be proud of the way it ensured we all felt part of the campaign.
I would also like to thank Fredrik who was enthusiastic in explaining the goings on in a V8 Supercar to myself and my son who really got a kick out of being shown all the gear in the cockpit. The biggest thrill being a couple of Laps of the Adelaide track in the passenger seat which really puts into perspective the commitment of the Drivers – especially in turn 8!. Fredrik showed great improvement over the weekend only to be unlucky at the end of race 2. I can only imagine we will see the Pacific Hoist car move up the rankings as the year progresses.”
“A Big Thankyou to all of you also for giving myself and Karen a great day out. We will follow Fredrik and Pacific Hoist throughout the season and wish him and the team much success. ”