Tuesday, 20 June 2017 17:02

French connection: Ludo Lacroix’s big move

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Esteemed engineer/designer Ludo Lacroix shocked the Supercars pitlane when he left Triple Eight Race Engineering and accepted a position at DJR Team Penske.

V8X Supercar Magazine chats with respective team bosses Roland Dane and Ryan Story to discuss Lacroix's departure/arrival and his influence on the teams battling for supremacy in Supercars in issue #99.

Issue #99 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #99.

"Despite what people might think, I'm extremely pragmatic and Ludo's run for Triple Eight was over, anyway," says Dane.

"He needed a new challenge and I needed to be able to give other people the ability to move up and Ludo represented the glass ceiling in the hierarchy of the business.

"My only frustration, as he well knows, is that he wasn't straightforward and honest with me last September, but we've put that behind us and we have no problem talking to each other these days."

According to Story, signing the Frenchman was never about trying to steel Triple Eight's secrets but about securing the best talent in pitlane.

"It's easy to speculate that Ludo's rocked up with a briefcase full of paperwork and hard drives of how Triple Eight have done things, but that simply is not the case and Roland also knows that's not the case," says Story.

"Ludo is a remarkable leader of people; the way that he empowers experienced personnel by giving them reassurance and confidence; the way that he develops young engineers; and the way he gives them an opportunity to learn on the job, to make mistakes and to understand why things need to be done a certain way."

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #99 to read the feature.

The print edition of issue #99 also includes a pullout poster featuring the DJR Team Penske and Red Bull Holden Racing Team entries on either side.

CLICK HERE to purchase the posters.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Shane van Gisbergen

3054

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2999

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

2716

 4

 Craig Lowndes

2487

 5

 David Reynolds

2435

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

2114

 7

 Rick Kelly

2098

 8

 Chaz Mostert

2048

 9

 Scott Pye

1906

 10

 Tim Slade

1862

 Full points table