Dumbrell aiming to lock down overseas driver

Lucas Dumbrell says his LD Motorsport V8 Supercars team is looking outside of Australia for a co-driver to partner Tim Blanchard at the Sandown, Bathurst and Gold Coast races this year.

Dumbrell aiming to lock down overseas driver
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Nick Percat, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden
Tim Blanchard, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports Holden
Tim Blanchard, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports Holden
Tim Blanchard, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
Tim Blanchard, #16 Stratco Racing
Tim Blanchard test drives the Castrol Edge Racing Commodore

The Melbourne-based team will already have one international driver on the books for this year’s three long-distance races, with Oliver Gavin set to join Nick Percat for the second year running.

The pair finished third at last year’s Bathurst 1000, the jewel in the Australian racing crown, for Walkinshaw Racing, and will this year try for more enduro success in an LD Motorsport-run Commodore.

But while Percat’s co-driver is set, the search continues for someone to partner Tim Blanchard. And according to Dumbrell, the net is being cast far and wide.

“We’re looking overseas,” he confirmed to Motorsport.com.

“There’s not much in the way of local guys left, really. And there are some quality overseas guys – especially if you look at the guys who are coming over and doing the Bathurst 12 Hour now.”

“At the moment it’s an ongoing search. There are a couple of guys in the loop, but nothing is done yet.”

Eyes on GT stars

According to Dumbrell, the Bathurst 12 Hour has become the perfect talent scouting event for the V8 Supercars enduros.

The event gives international drivers a chance to come to Australia and familiarise themselves with the daunting circuit in the comfortable surroundings of a GT3 car, before having to try and tame a V8 Supercar across the top of Mount Panorama.

“We’re seeing guys come out for the 12 Hour that are true professional racecar drivers, and now they have Bathurst experience,” Dumbrell said.

“There are some exceptional drivers out there – and hopefully I can lock one down for Tim.”

shares
comments
Insights with Rick Kelly: Champagne has never tasted so sweet
Previous article

Insights with Rick Kelly: Champagne has never tasted so sweet

Next article

LD better prepared for two cars

LD better prepared for two cars
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020