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Preston Hire Racing’s Lee Holdsworth is looking to harness the race speed displayed at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix at the upcoming Tasmania SuperSprint.

Preston Hire Racing had incredible race speed at the Formula 1 Grand Prix, when Holdsworth climbed 15 places in less than 10 Laps before he was taken out by Percat’s car with a brake failure.

The Preston Hire Racing Team worked throughout the weekend to repair the car in time for the Tasmania SuperSprint.

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Holdsworth walked away injury free from the crash and has directed all of his focus towards harnessing the same speed displayed at the AGP.

The team is specifically working towards improving Qualifying times to get Holdsworth at the front of the field in this coming weekend’s races.

“I WAS LUCKY TO WALK AWAY INJURY FREE AFTER THE AGP CRASH. THAT’S WELL AND TRULY BEHIND US NOW AND I’M JUST TRYING TO DRAW SOME CONFIDENCE FROM THE GAIN IN SPEED WE SHOWED THERE. SYMMONS PLAINS WAS OUR STRONGEST ROUND FOR CAR PACE LAST YEAR SO I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK THERE. THE AIM IS TO BUILD ON OUR SPEED FROM AGP, BUT OBVIOUSLY QUALIFYING IS THE KEY TO RESULTS SO WE WILL FOCUS PRIMARILY ON HAVING A QUICK CAR ON GREEN TYRES.”

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Schwerkolt is confident in his team, who made a breakthrough in the delivery of car speed in Melbourne.

Symmons Plains was one of Preston Hire Racing’s best rounds in the Supercars Championship in 2016 and Schwerkolt is hoping to replicate some good results in Tasmania.

“WE TOOK A FAIR BIT OUT OF THE AGP WEEKEND WHICH MEANS WE’LL BE VERY OPTIMISTIC GOING TO TASSIE. BEFORE THE CRASH WE HAD VERY GOOD PACE AND LEE HAD MADE UP A LOT OF PLACES COMING FROM THE BACK. IT’S THE FIRST TIME IN A COUPLE OF YEARS THAT WE’D BEEN ABLE TO DELIVER A CAR THAT LEE COULD REALLY ATTACK WITH. OUR CAR WAS VERY GOOD AT SYMMONS PLAINS LAST YEAR, SO WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT WE CAN DO.”

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Holdsworth and the Preston Hire Racing Team are prepared for the Tasmania SuperSprint on April 7 to 9, with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.