The Tekno Autosports and Lucas Dumbrell Motorsports teams have revealed the livery schemes they will run for Shane van Gisbergen and Dean Fiore, respectively, ahead of the season-opening Adelaide Clipsal 500, which gets underway from tomorrow.
As was announced when van Gisbergen confirmed his shock return to the championship, the New Zealander’s #97 entry will be adorned in the striking black and yellow of naming rights sponsor VIP Petfoods.
Contrasting with previous seasons – where VIP had sponsored Steve Owen’s car with the now-defunct Paul Morris Motorsport operation – van Gisbergen’s entry features a livery reversal of sorts, with prominent yellow colouring on the front of his Holden Commodore VF.
Van Gisbergen’s team-mate, team co-owner Jonathon Webb, is yet to unveil the livery scheme he will compete with. It is expected that he will field the same police safety livery he ran during the recent open pre-season test session at Sydney Motorsport Park while his final sponsors are lined up.
Meanwhile, Dean Fiore’s move to the expanded Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team has been marked with sponsorship from Dodo Car Insurance.
The company has previously served as a V8 Supercars sponsor – albeit under its mobile phone banner – in 2004 with Team Dynamik, followed by a year with Tasman Motorsport. In 2006, the company sponsored the Holden Racing Team, and returned in 2009 for a one-year sponsorship deal with Kelly Racing.
Fiore’s car will be officially unveiled tomorrow morning, but spy shots taken of the team’s transporter has suggested that Dodo’s purple and yellow hues will feature prominently on his #88 Holden Commodore.
Team-mate Scott Pye will reveal his livery scheme this evening in a special launch ceremony at the street circuit.