Oliver Gavin hopes the tide will turn for him and teammate Nick Percat in the Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise (24-26 October), after a luckless start to their 2015 Australian V8 Supercars PIRTEK Enduro Cup programme.
Gavin’s 2015 V8 Supercars campaign has been backed by Hire A Hubby – a professional and nationally-renowned franchise business that specialises in residential handyman and property maintenance services – and the company has had a strong presence in and around the paddock.
Countless Hire A Hubby franchisees and guests – many of them passionate and knowledgeable motor racing fans – have been through the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport garages to experience life behind the scenes of V8 Supercars in a live setting, interacting with Gavin, his fellow drivers and the team and getting up close and personal with the #222 Holden VF Commodore.
“The interaction with Hire A Hubby’s franchisees and guests has been fantastic at Sandown and Bathurst,” said Gavin. “A number of guests have visited the garages and all have been very knowledgeable fans of V8 Supercars and other forms of racing. It has been great to see people coming along to the events who have a genuine passion for the sport and I’ve really enjoyed being able to show them around the car, walk them through the garage and talk to them about what happens during for us during a typical race weekend.
“The Hire A Hubby girls have been fantastic too. Their knowledge of the sport is great and they have all worked very well. All in all it has been a very successful partnership and I hope to grow that relationship at the Gold Coast.”
On the racetrack, luck hasn’t been on Gavin’s side. A mechanical fault led to retirement in the Sandown 500 and an punt from a reckless rival put paid to a potential top five finish in Australia’s Great Race’, the Bathurst 1000, a fortnight ago.
The 2015 V8 Supercars season closes with the Gold Coast 600 on the palm tree-lined streets of Surfers Paradise – the scene of Gavin’s first ever V8 Supercars appearance in 2011, when he achieved fourth and sixth place results – and the British ace is naturally hoping for the tide to turn so he and LDM teammate Nick Percat have a chance to flourish.
“This will be the third time I’ve raced in the Gold Coast 600, so I know Surfers Paradise better than any other Australian circuit and it’s a race I’m very familiar with. I like street circuits and I get on well with them. Nick (Percat) and I have had some very promising starts to the races in Sandown and Bathurst, running well inside the top ten only for situations beyond our control to take us out.
“We’re hoping for a change of fortune and so we can have a strong run at a good result. We should have a strong package, as it generally worked well at Sandown and it should work at Surfers Paradise.”