NUNAWADING, Victoria, Australia — official team release — LDM photo —
Rising star Tim Blanchard has signed a full-time deal to drive for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in the 2015 V8 Supercars Championship.
After an impressive run with the team throughout the 2014 endurance season, former V8 Supercars Development Series runner-up and Mike Kable Young Gun Award winner for best rookie driver, Blanchard will return to the main game in LDM’s second car.
The announcement completes the 2015 V8 Supercars grid, with all full-time seats filled ahead of the Championship start.
“After sitting out a year from full-time driving, I was determined to get back on the gird in 2015,” Blanchard said. “When the opportunity arose to join Lucas and the team I was rather excited. Having worked with LDM last year it became evident that the team were making the rights steps in improving their performance.”
After making his debut in V8 Supercars in 2010, the 27-year old was left without a drive last year after one season full-time with Dick Johnson Racing.
He was then chosen to team up with category veteran Russell Ingall, joining forces for the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, and after impressing team boss Lucas Dumbrell across the three events, has been a front-runner to lock in one of the two available seats at the team this year, with Nick Percat confirmed late last year.
“I learnt a lot throughout 2013 and feel I am much better prepared and have greater understanding of what is required to race at this level,” Blanchard said. “I feel much more prepared this time and really want to use my experience to hit the ground running and get some strong results to start the season.”
Team owner Dumbrell said the deal was a perfect fit, and something he had been working on for some time.
“I am thrilled to have Tim join us full-time this year,” Dumbrell said. “We have been in discussions since last years enduros – he did a really good job and was consistent throughout.”
Blanchard was a major part of the team’s success in the 2014 PIRTEK Enduro Cup and particularly on the Gold Coast, the team finishing with two top 10 results.
“Towards the end of 2013 he was driving very well, he showed that he had the ability to run with the top contenders,” Dumbrell said. “He showed tremendous potential and it was disappointing to see him without a drive last year. It is great to have Tim return to the category full-time and I have no doubt he will be competitive.”
CREDIT: Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport