Last week was one filled with car racing, exciting kids and enthusiastic customers as Pacific Hoists and the R-Sport race team made their way down to Winton 400 in Victoria. Wednesday started with a slight detour at North Albury to visit the kids at Country Hope Charity.
Our team joined forces with Country Hope to host an afternoon of V8 Kids & Cars, giving the children and their families a chance to meet the team, take photos with the car and Fredrik our driver; as well as enjoying a delicious BBQ, organised by the staff at Country Hope.
The event kicked off at 3pm with only a few minor hiccups which the team quickly resolved. One of these included the only gust of wind for the day blowing all of our fancy balloons straight into the sky before the kids had arrived. Fortunately our quick thinking driver Fredrik managed to save one which was eventually given away to one very happy child.
Once the kids had warmed up to the Pacific Hoists team the fun began! This included jumping into the driver’s seat as Fredrik explained all the tricks and buttons in the car; after which he personally signed each of their caps. Whilst on the other side other members of the team were keeping the kids entertained with goodie bags and volunteering themselves to be dressed up in costume by the kids with some entertaining end results; All in all it was a fun filled day!
After his debut in Adelaide at the Clipsal 500, driver Fredrik Lestrup was looking forward to his 2nd race in Australia on the V8 Circuit, “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.”
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 as Fredrik placed 23rd and 24th with his best times in the two practice sessions.
On Saturday Fredrik started in 22nd position for the first race but moved towards the back of the pack when a brake problem and a loose wheel forced him into the pits for repairs. Whilst he made it back on the track again the repairs pushed him back to 27th.
“After having made progress in Adelaide we had a more difficult start to the weekend than we expected and was back at zero again. 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.
Starting in 27th position on Sunday, Fredrik quickly made up places after a mega start moving to19th position after the first lap. As the race progressed he continued to climb through the pack with competitive lap times gaining more positions. By the final lap he was in 16th place narrowing in on 15th when the chequered flag fell.
“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.
The weekend finished on a high with 25 guests on Saturday and 40 guests on Sunday cheering the team and Fredrik on a successful weekend. As always a big thank you goes out to the team, all our guests, Country Hope and all the children who supported us over the weekend and made the experience a memorable one.
We look forward to doing it all again at the Perth 400 in May. See you next time!
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To view the official point standing of the Dunlop Series click here.