After a season of frustration driving the #30 Gulf Western Oil entry this year, Warren Luff has confirmed that he will not re-sign to drive for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport in the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship, while the team’s title sponsor has also confirmed it will also not remain on board.
Luff currently sits bog last in the Drivers’ Championship standings (for the series’ full-time drivers), having endured six DNFs and countless issues that have hindered his progress up the grid with one of the grid’s newest outfits.
“This year has not lived up to our expectations, we wish LDM all the best for the future and we know they will be a main player in the future,” Luff said in a statement.
“The team is still going through a lot changes including team managers and engineering staff, it’s really hard to get any continuity at this level when things change so many times in a season.”
“It’s been a difficult year for the LDM team. There have been a lot of changes throughout the year and it has been difficult for the LDM team to realise their potential,” added Gulf Western Oils general manager, Ben Vicary, who announced the sponsor’s departure from the team.
“Warren Luff is a genuine talent, a true professional both on and off the track, and it’s been a pleasure working with him in 2011 and the results do not reflect his abilities as a driver.”
Luff has not set any firm commitments for where he’ll be racing next year, although it is believed he could rejoin Craig Lowndes as a co-driver in the Team Vodafone operation for next year’s endurance races at Sandown and Bathurst.
It is believed that Luff’s replacement at LDM is likely to be V8 development series driver Taz Douglas, who was a last-minute call-up to the L&H500 at Phillip Island for Tony D’Alberto (Wilson Security Racing) when the Ford driver was struck down with chickenpox.
Douglas – who recently recovered from a rare form of cancer, Burkitt’s Lymphoma – has been a mainstay in the Fujitsu Series since 2008.
[Image via Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport]