Dumbrell: We will be more competitive next year

  • 15/12/2014
  • By V8 Supercars/Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Team boss Lucas Dumbrell believes running two cars next year means LDM will be further up the front.

The squad will expand to two cars for 2015, after dropping back to just Russell Ingall's Holden Commodore this year, and Dumbrell foresees improved results with the increased resources.

"It will definitely give us the ability to run more competitively - having that second car means you are able to cross-reference, you have double the opportunity to get it right as you can try different things on each car," Dumbrell said.

The expansion was announced at the Sydney NRMA 500, after legal dealings between Dumbrell and V8 Supercars were put to rest.

However, for the young team owner, the step back up to two V8 Supercars has been the goal all season.

"The plan was always to return to two cars," he said.

"Ideally we would have stayed with two but in this sport, where there are so many depending factors, we weren't able to."

After a re-structure in 2014, the team is now looking for more staff as it expands once again.

"It isn't something that happens quickly, it takes a lot of behind-the-scenes work, time and money," Dumbrell explained.

The team's best result in 2014 was a fourth-place finish in Tasmania, with Ingall behind the wheel. The veteran racer finished the Championship in 18th.

With Ingall announcing his retirement from full-time racing, the team is on the lookout for two pilots for 2015.

"There are a number of people we are looking at," Dumbrell said. "To be successful you need the right people, and that includes the drivers."

Further details around the second car, including sponsorship, are to be determined. However Dumbrell is positive sponsors will be attracted to the sport with a clear future direction announced earlier this month.

"I think the series has a great future ahead of it," he said.

"V8 Supercars have big plans, they are continuously looking at how we can make our sport better and we are already looking to 2017 and beyond."

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