In September 2015, Hire A Hubby teamed up with last year’s Bathurst 1000 Podium drive Oliver Gavin from the UK, his team mate Nick Percat & the Lucas Dumbrell Racing Team for all 3 Endurance Series races. We started off with the Wilson Security Sandown 500 race on the 12th and 13th September. Regrettably steering failure gave the team a rocky start to the series with a did not finish.
We took a few of our Victorian Hubbies along to the race, here’s what they had to say about the day:
“I have followed the V8’s since I was a kid growing up right next to Oran Park, in Sydney. I’ve been to many races and even took the next generation, my eldest Son, to the very last race held at Oran Park…… I will never again attend a V8 Supercar race meeting!!!!!……… Unless, it is as a guest of the Hire a Hubby Head Office Team. The best day at a sporting event I have ever attended, bar none! Mick Holland and the Girls set the standard to which all other events will be compared. From meeting the very humble and gracious Olly, to a nice cool place (just above the pits), to have lunch and a drink. Great company in the form of some well selected and deserving Hubbies…At some stage i even saw a race-car drive past. Awesome day, terrific experience. Set me the goal, i want to know what i have to do to get into the next one????”
“Great day! The HAH car and tent were set up in a great spot, just inside the entrance. Oliver Gavin was a great guy, who took the time to talk to us all, and show us around the 222 car. The pit girls were the talk of the town…I was very proud to be there as a Hire a Hubby, and very grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to Brendan and the Team.”
A few weeks later, the team were all geared up again for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 race on the 8th – 11th October. They finished in a respectable 19th after a scary spin on one of the laps! This was one of the circuits that held a special place for Olly, as he told Motorsport Magazine:
“Bathurst is a really special place, an iconic racetrack in an amazing setting. Like LeMans it is a venue steeped in history and a place where legends are created so it ranks as one of the world’s great motor races for any driver. Last year I had the incredible experience of achieving a podium on my debut, the first non-Australian to do so for over 20 years.”
The final race of the series saw Olly and Nick head up to the Gold Coast on the 23rd October for the Castrol Gold Coast 600. With a clip of the wall, the car suffered a break to the left front suspension but still ended in 15th place.
We’ve really enjoyed this year’s V8 series and had a great time with Olly, Nick and their team. We would like to thank everyone involved and for their support. We were grateful for the opportunity to take our PCFA Man Van along to all the races, to further spread awareness of the importance of men’s health with all the guys there. That’s it for another year!