Racing driver and Milltek Sport ambassador Lucas Orrock is clearly a man on a mission as he prepares for his forthcoming race at the 24h Dubai in the middle of January. Held at the superbly equipped Dubai Autodrome between the 14th -16th January, this will be the Cambridge driver’s second time at this prestigious event.
Lined up alongside a team of fellow Englishmen; Andrew Hack, Kane Astin and Daniel Wheeler, Orrock’s chances look good for the 2016 event. A new team beckons this time around, and the talented driving quartet will be sharing duties behind the wheel of the Zest Racecar Engineering Seat Leon Cup racer. Competing in the newly configured TCR class, it’s a compelling combination of machinery and talent that might just do rather well this year…
Despite being known as a successful kart and sprint racer, notching up both wins and championships in the VW Racing Cup, Orrock’s transition to endurance racing as a Milltek driver has been a smooth one. Setting pole time in class at last year’s Dubau 24h in the Milltek-backed KPM Racing diesel-powered Golf, he showed early promise, helping the team to 9th overall – despite reliability issues in the race. Mugello followed, where Lucas partnered with BTCC legend Matt Neal in the same car to net a hugely impressive 2nd in class, before another impressive showing in the Catalunya round later in the year.
Clearly optimistic about his team’s chances, Lucas was clearly also keen to stress the importance of team work in the 24h Series. “It’s very different from sprint events,” he explained, “as really you’re less than 25% of the total effort, so it’s much more important to work closely and encourage – rather than beat – your team mates. In 24 hour racing, the importance of the mechanic’s skill or the team’s strategy becomes equally important to our abilities as drivers, so I always enjoy the truly collaborative nature of this type of racing. It’s also a great test on your mental and physical ability, and I always enjoy testing my limits as a driver.”
Having signed Lucas for another year, Milltek Sport MD Steve Pound was also evidently looking forward to what Dubai could bring. “Lucas has proved himself to be a safe pair of hand in Milltek backed machinery,” he commented. “He’s quick, he’s consistent, and I believe he’s got what it takes to become a world-class driver. He’s the perfect fit for our brand, and I look forward to working with him on other racing and testing opportunities throughout 2016.”