In an ever-increasing world of heightened brand rivaly in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship, a surprising and touching story of collaboration between rival manufacturers has emerged.
Following the heavy damage to Scott Pye’s Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden sustained during the recent round at Symmons Plains, the team has received assistance from the Nissan Motorsport team to help repair its battered chassis.
Following the Symmons Plains round, the Nissan team opened up its Victorian headquarters to the small team, where the battered #80 car was put on the team’s jig, repaired and straightened by the team’s mechanics.
“I can’t thank Todd [Kelly, Nissan Motorsport’s co-owner] enough for helping out. I reckon it has easily saved us four days not having to send it back up to Queensland,” LDM team owner Lucas Dumbrell said.
Pye’s Commodore suffered enormous front-end damage when he speared into the Turn 2 barriers at high speed after his brakes failed. The damage to the car was so severe that ruled Pye out of competing at last weekend’s round in New Zealand.
The chassis has since been straightened and returned to LDM, and the team now faces the challenging of building the car and testing it ahead of next month’s round at Barbagallo.
“We are not mucking around and we need to shakedown the car [on Monday at Winton] to see if everything is working okay,” Dumbrell added.
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