Fredrik Lestrup prepares for Australian Dunlop V8 Supercar test
Fredrik Lestrup will go to Australia for a V8 Supercar test next week. The Swedish GT and Endurance driver has secured a test with the Dunlop Series team Pacific Hoists Hitachi driving a Holden V8 at Wakefield Park outside Sydney. The test is the first step in evaluating an expansion of his career to include the Australian touring car scene.
“I’ve followed Australian motorsport and the V8 Supercar championship with a great interest for several years now and I’ve always wanted to get a taste of what these cars are like to drive,” Fredrik explains.
“I got in touch with Nandi Kiss this year about a test in his Dunlop Series car and we established a good rapport from the start. Getting the chance to go to Australia and test a proper V8 Supercar is a dream come true and a chance to get a first taste of what these cars are like to drive. To say I am looking forward to this would be an understatement.”
The car Fredrik will test is a Holden V8 Supercar from 2008 updated with a V8 Supercar engine from 2012 and is run by the team in this year’s Dunlop Series Championship. The test, carried out over one day at Wakefield Park, is the only planned test so far, but Fredrik will also spend time with the team before and after the test as well as following them to Bathurst where the Dunlop Series joins V8 Supercars for the traditional Bathurst 1000 race.
“Right now I will concentrate on this first test and just get a good understanding of this type of car as it is very different from what I’ve driven before. I also look forward to spending time with the team before and after the test and getting a better understanding of how things work in Australian motorsport as well as seeing what possibilities there are for me here in the future.”
Fredrik won’t rule out the possibility of racing in the category as early as 2014 but knows there are a lot of hurdles to overcome to make that happen.
“Of course the ultimate goal would be to be able to do a full season in the Dunlop series next year,” Fredrik says.
“I fully appreciate the difficulties in achieving this, especially coming from Europe, but I didn’t start out in motorsport to shy away from challenges. I’m prepared to start over from the beginning again to make this happen and there is a lot of hard work ahead to make this possible, but it is a challenge I welcome. V8 Supercars and the Dunlop Series are both very impressive championships and the V8 Supercar scene is one of the largest and most challenging racing series around right now. Being a part of that would be a great step in my career, but right now it is one step at a time and the first step is to prepare myself for this test.”
The test will be held on September 24th.
About Fredrik Lestrup:
Fredrik Lestrup is a 29-year-old racing driver from Stockholm, Sweden. His career in motorsport began in 2005 when he joined the Junior Touring Car Championship in Sweden. After having graduated to the Swedish Touring Car Championship two years later, Fredrik moved his career to Germany where he raced for several seasons in MINI Challenge. Then followed seasons in the Swedish and German GT Championships coupled with endurance races in Europe and Dubai including thus far seven 24-hour races at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, in Dubai and Barcelona. In 2013, Fredrik has driven three 24-hour races including racing in two cars in both the Dubai 24-hours and Nürburgring 24-hours. He has also driven a test in an Oreca LMPC prototype. Besides racing Fredrik also works as a race engineer and driver coach.
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