Lee Holdsworth has endured a tough weekend at the Phillip Island 500, spending the majority of the round fighting against faulty front bars.
Race 9 – Position 22
Holdsworth finished P13 in Practice 1, but later in the day two front bars failed in Practice 2 which meant the #18 was in the garage for almost the whole session.
The Team worked hard overnight to reset the car, but Holdsworth began the opening Race of the weekend from P21 with his Qualifying position resulting from lack of time on track the day prior.
Holdsworth held his position on the Race opening but pitted at the conclusion of Lap 1 for strategy and rejoined in P25.
Throughout the Race, Holdsworth moved up as far as P19, but struggled with the lack of balance in the car and eventually finished P22.
Race 10 – Position 25
Seeing some improvements in Qualifying and finishing P14, Holdsworth began Race 10 from Row 7 and remained around the midfield for the majority of the race.
Holdsworth had a series of tight battles and was running P17, but with 28 Laps remaining the front bar issues caused a lengthy pit stop and he rejoined in last place.
A few laps later, Holdsworth was forced into the garage for several laps with a failed front bar and left Round 4 with a disappointing P25 result and 21st in the Championship.
“NOT A GOOD WEEKEND AT ALL. WE WERE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TODAY’S RACE AS THE CAR WAS CLOSER TO THE WINDOW. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAD ANOTHER FRONT BAR FAIL AS MANY OTHER TEAMS DID. LOOKING FORWARD TO A MUCH BETTER WESTERN AUSTRALIA ROUND.” – CHARLIE SCHWERKOLT
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the Perth SuperSprint, to be held on 4-6 May, with all Races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 947 points
2 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 887 points
3 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 849 points
4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 813 points
5 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 805 points
21 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 375 points