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Preston Hire Racing have suffered significant chassis damage in the opening non-championship race of the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Holdsworth finished Qualifying 3 & 4 in P13 and P14.
  • Holdsworth climbed 15 places in 10 Laps during Race 1.

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AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX FRIDAY RECAP

Holdsworth started Race 1 in P26, after an engine issue in Qualifying ruled the #18 Car out of the sessions.

An incredible effort from Holdsworth saw him reach P11 in less than 10 Laps, before he was made an innocent bystander and shunted from behind by Percat.

Percat’s brakes failed on the Turn 1 entry and collected Holdsworth’s right rear corner.

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Holdsworth was on track for a Top 10 finish and believes the team had made a series of improvements over their two days at the track.

“MASSIVE DISAPPOINTMENT. FEEL WE MADE SOME REALLY POSITIVE GAINS THIS WEEKEND SO TO END THE DAY EARLY AND TO RECEIVE DAMAGE THAT WAS OUT OF OUR CONTROL IS FRUSTRATING. WE’VE GOT ONE OF THE BEST FABI’S PLUS A GREAT CREW BACK IN THE RACE SHOP, SO IF ANYONE CAN GET THE CAR BACK THIS WEEKEND IT’S US.”

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Due to the damage to the Preston Hire Racing Car, Holdsworth was unable to begin Friday’s second race.

The Car was transported to the Mount Waverley Workshop for repairs before the Race where the Team will work throughout the night in hopes Holdsworth can rejoin Saturday to Sunday’s race.

Schwerkolt believes his team has the skill to make the repair happen before Sunday and that they can return to develop on what was an incredibly fast race car.

“WHAT A DEVASTATING BLOW TO OUR FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OPENING WEEKEND. CAR 18 HAS LEFT THE TRACK AND GONE TO THE RACE SHOP FOR WHAT WILL BE A MAJOR REBUILD. IT HAS 2 BADLY BENT REAR CHASSIS RAIL EXTENSIONS, THE WHOLE REAR SUBFRAME IS BADLY BENT AND SHE IS VERY TWISTED AND TORN. HOWEVER, OUR FANTASTIC CREW HAVE GONE BACK TO DISMANTLE AND REPAIR HER AND PUT HER ON THE CHASSIS JIG OVERNIGHT. IT’S A BIG JOB, THEY’VE GOT THE SKILL TO DO IT AND HOPEFULLY BACK ON TRACK FOR THIS COMING SUNDAY WHERE WE START P14 AND HOPEFULLY CONTINUING TO DEVELOP A REALLY GOOD RACE CAR. THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS FOR THE SUPPORT AND A BIG THANKS TO MY FANTASTIC CREW.”