FATHER AND DAUGHTER AIM TO MAKE HISTORY AT 2010 ARMOR ALL BATHURST 12 HOUR LAUREN GRAY MOTORSPORT, the reigning Class E Australian Production Car Champions, has today officially confirmed its participation in the 2010 Armor All Bathurst 12...
FATHER AND DAUGHTER AIM TO MAKE HISTORY AT 2010 ARMOR ALL BATHURST 12 HOUR
LAUREN GRAY MOTORSPORT, the reigning Class E Australian Production Car Champions, has today officially confirmed its participation in the 2010 Armor All Bathurst 12 hour production car endurance race and hopes to make Bathurst history in the process.
The Melbourne-based team has officially entered their Toyota Corolla Sportivo in Class D (Production Sports) and has confirmed that Lauren Gray and dad Michael will make up two thirds of the driving line-up.
Should the Lauren Gray Motorsport Corolla take the start, it will be the first time that a father-daughter team will have started a multiple-driver event in Bathurst's long history of endurance races.
The Father, son and daughter combination of Ray, Graham and Tania Gulson attempted to qualify a BMW 635csi for the 1993 Bathurst 1000; however Tania was unable to make the qualifying cut leaving Ray and Graham to race the car alone.
The opportunity to pair up in a family team will realise several long-held ambitions for the Gray family.
"Lauren Gray Motorsport is a family team and to be able to race with my dad in the biggest production car race of the year will be fantastic," Lauren Gray said.
"I know dad has wanted to do an endurance race with me for a long time, and I've always been keen to drive with him, so to have this opportunity will be great for both of us. Dad has worked very hard an invested a lot to make this happen and I am sure that we can go to Bathurst next February and have a very good run.
"We have always raced together as a family so to be able to drive together is pretty special.
"It's a tough, long race but our preparation will be better than first-class, so we will have no doubts about the car and the team. We want to finish and if we can do that we should be well-placed in the class and overall."
Michael Gray said that, despite the race still being three months away, the team was already well-prepared and that the team's number one goal was to get to the end.
"You don't go to a race like the Bathurst 12 hour without the goal of getting to that flag at the finish," he said.
"We have already got our Bathurst engine built and we have also got some excellent people in the team who will be at the event with us; a group of experienced engineers and mechanics to ensure the car is prepared and runs perfectly all weekend.
"We are currently talking to several drivers to fill the third spot in the car but we don't want to rush it - we want to find someone who isn't young and crazy and looking for lap records.
"It's going to be fantastic to drive with Lauren. I've wanted to do it for a long time and this is the best opportunity. Not every family gets this opportunity so it's pretty special for us."
22-year-old Lauren has spent most of 2009 on the sidelines, but hopes to return to the seat of the Corolla at Sandown in three weeks time for the final round of the Australian Manufacturers Championship.
The event, featuring two one-hour races, will serve as ideal preparation for the 12-hour for both team and driver however the team is currently awaiting new parts for the Corolla that may place them in a race against time to make the start.
Gray has started two previous Bathurst 12 hour races, finishing second in her class last year driving a BMW 130i in Class F last year and driving a Holden Astra Diesel as part of an all-female, Holden-backed team in 2007.
Lauren Gray Motorsport is currently in discussions with several drivers for the third seat in the teams Corolla Sportivo. Interested parties can contact the team via www.laurengray.com