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November last year. He’s put a lot of con-
fidence in people’s minds about the place.
For someone doing the job 15 years to find
a new place to go, especially moving state
and moving to the unknown, he obviously
saw the potential and the belief in what I
was trying to do.
“He has the ability and believes there’s a
future in the place and just the experience
he brings, he is a hard-working guy.”
While LDM driver Nick Percat accepts
there will be hurdles as the team continues
to grow, he has confidence in where the
team is going under Hay’s guidance.
“It’s important to have someone there
like Barry because he is a very strong
character,” says Percat.
“And when he doesn’t like what he sees he
gets it fixed. He knows what it takes to have
a good car and a championship winning
team around him from the SBR days. So
he’s a vital asset for us.”
Meanwhile, Percat’s teammate Tim
Blanchard said having Hay at LDM has
enabled him to fully concentrate on his role
in the car.
“Bazz is very aware of where we need to
improve and he is a very strong leader,” says
“So I’m pretty confident that I can just
focus on my job and that Bazz has got the
team under control.”
The other major change for this customer
team is the expansion back to two cars this
season. The 26-year-old Percat arrived with
much fanfare as a Bathurst winner and on
the back of a strong 12th-place finish in his
rookie season in the championship.
However, armchair critics and pundits
were divided on news that 27-year-old
Blanchard was signed by the team. But
Blanchard has copped the good and the
bad on the chin and admits he has a point
“Through the junior ranks I won the
Formula Ford championship, finished
second in UK [Formula Ford] and second in
the Development Series,” Blanchard states.
“So all through the junior ranks I was
at the front and very competitive. I don’t
think I’ve done as well in the main game
as my results in the junior formulas would
indicate that I should have done. I feel I still
have a lot to prove and I don’t think I’ve
reached my potential in the main game yet.
I’ve got a bit of work to do myself this year
to try and step up a bit.”
But the former Dick Johnson Racing
[DJR] driver refuted any suggestion that
Percat’s strong main-game results would
see him play a subordinate role at LDM.
“It’s far from the truth and both Nick
and I were pushing for each other to be
signed because we felt that was the best way
forward,” says Blanchard.
“I don’t want to have someone who I can
comfortably beat in the second seat, I want
someone who is going to challenge me and
makes me push to go better because that’s
the only way we’re going to improve.”
Dumbrell was quick to set the record
straight when it came to any criticism
Blanchard had received over what he may
have brought to the team.
“I think Tim has really flown under the
radar and been discounted unfairly simply
because he is bringing some backing,” says
“But it’s no different to 75 per cent of
the drivers who are bringing a sponsor or
a company on board to support the team.
“Tim probably didn’t get the best
opportunity in 2013 when he was at DJR.
So that has probably damaged his confi-
dence a little and meant he couldn’t show
what he was capable of. But I think he’s
going to have some strong results this year.”
Blanchard has also found an ally in team-
mate and former Development Series
rival Percat. The pair has formed a strong
relationship going back to their Formula
Ford days at Sonic Motor Racing. Percat
believes Blanchard’s previous experience in
the main game is a major plus for the team.
“He’s been with a few other teams,” says
Percat. “He has raced for the Kellys, he has
raced for DJR. He’s got a little bit more expe-
rience than me with other teams. He’s been
in the championship a little longer than me.
Obviously we get on really well away from
the track. And I think it’s been seamless
because we’ve spent so long together at
places like Sonic in Formula Ford.”
“You always want to beat your teammate
but Nick’s probably done a better job in the
early part of the season than I have,” adds
“There are a few things I need to work on
which I’ve worked on personally. At the end
of the day Nick and I are both focused on
the bigger picture and we need to develop
LUCAS DUMBRELL MOTORSPORT
2010 Lucas Dumbrell purchases a license
from Tasman Motorsport and sources
a VE Commodore from Walkinshaw Racing to run a
one-car effort shared between Daniel Gaunt, Cameron
McConville and Warren Luff.
2011 Luff remains with LDM for a full season
after concluding 2010 with the team,
however results are hard to come by with just two
top-15 finishes. Luff is classified in 28th and last
place of the full-timers in the championship.
2012 The team purchases a Triple Eight-
built VE Commodore from Paul Morris
Motorsport and replaces Luff with Taz Douglas, though
the team again fails to crack the top 10 and finishes
26th in the standings.
ABOVE: Blanchard is looking to cement his place as a
full-time driver in V8 Supercars at Lucas Dumbrell
Motorsport in 2015.
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