Motorsport identity Garry Dumbrell passes away

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 16/10/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

Former Supercars team owner and two-time Bathurst 1000 starter Garry Dumbrell has died, aged 64.

The successful businessman and father of 2012 Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Dumbrell, and former Supercars team owner Lucas Dumbrell, passed away on Friday October 15.

Dumbrell Snr made two starts in the Great Race in 1980 and 1981, both times with New Zealand racer John Faulkner.

He founded an automotive parts and accessories retail company in 1985.

His son Paul won two Super2 titles in 2002 and 2014 and seven Supercars Championship races, before retiring in 2018.

Paul Dumbrell and Jamie Whincup won the 2012 Bathurst 1000

Paul’s brother Lucas made history when he established his Supercars team, Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, aged 19.

It followed an accident in late 2008 in a Formula Ford at Oran Park, that left him a quadriplegic.

Competing in the championship from 2010 to 2017, Nick Percat recorded the team’s first and only win at the 2016 Adelaide 500.

Garry's venture into team ownership began when he sponsored Gibson Motorsport’s 1999 Bathurst 1000-winning car, driven by Steven Richard and Greg Murphy.

He purchased the team ahead of the 2000 championship, before selling it at the end of the season.

Percat won for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in 2016

Garry was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, with Paul stepping in to manage the family business.

Going on to beat the disease, Garry unfortunately passed away after a tragic accident at his Melbourne home on Friday.

“We thank everyone for their messages and their thoughts over the last 48 hours,” the Dumbrell family said in a statement.

“Garry would have been touched by all of the positive and kind words that have been said about him in that time.”

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