Evangelou dedicates Phillip Island V8 meeting to his injured mother HPDC V8 Supercar driver Tony Evangelou will dedicate his weekend's racing at Phillip Island to his mother, Dianne, who was injured during a house fire on Wednesday ...
Evangelou dedicates Phillip Island V8 meeting to his injured mother
HPDC V8 Supercar driver Tony Evangelou will dedicate his weekend's racing at Phillip Island to his mother, Dianne, who was injured during a house fire on Wednesday morning.
Dexion Racing's Evangelou will celebrate his 40th birthday on Sunday at the Victorian circuit, but was awoken at 3.30am Wednesday morning with the news that his mother's residence had burnt down. Dianne was transported to her local hospital with second-degree burns to her hands and arms. Mrs Evangelou also had smoke inhalation. She is currently in a stable condition.
"I'll be doing this meeting for her," Tony said while by his mother's side at hospital. "She very strong. As long as she keeps progressing well, I'm confident she'll pull through okay. She really inspires me, and I want to give her a good result this weekend. She actually just said to me that she still wants to come down to Phillip Island on Sunday, but the nurse didn't agree! She'll be in here for a month or so."
Evangelou was quick to thank his loyal Dexion Racing team. He said that considering the extraordinary circumstances that the last two days have presented, the team have really taken it upon themselves to go the extra yard.
"It's a credit to my team who have got the car down there and taken everything out of my hands," he said. "I haven't even heard about what's going on. I'll just jump in the car on Friday morning and go for it. I have every faith that everything will be ready and waiting.
"I'm really proud of them. None of them get paid for their time and effort. They do it for the love and for that I can't say enough about them."
Team manager David Moulden insisted that the recent events will not hamper the on-track performances of the #30 Dexion car. "If we can run where we've been running through the year, we'll be happy," Moulden said. "Tony will be fine in the car. It's has been a disappointing season and the last few days haven't been great either. Our thoughts are with Tony's mother and the rest of the Evangelou family.
"The engine has had a slight freshen up, and with the car for sale at the end of this round, it would be nice to end the season with a top 10 result."
Dexion again will have a strong corporate presence at the circuit. 60 guests will be in the red and white corporate suite on Saturday, while 71 will attend on Sunday.
Two races are scheduled for the HPDC V8 Supercar Series finale, with one race on Saturday (1:15pm) and one on Sunday (1:20pm). At the top of the table, seven drivers head into the last round with a mathematical chance of winning the championship. The most likely, though, are Dean Canto (Gatorz/DJR) and Warren Luff (Decina/PCR), who are separated by just 21 points. The final round supports the V8 Supercar Championship Series. And to add to the fun of the final round, rain has been forecast for the two days ... As they say in the classics, anything can happen, and it usually does ...