Lee Holdsworth has finished P11 in Race 7 of the Supercars Championship before his weekend was tainted by finishing P23 in Race 8 as a result of rear damage on the first lap.
- Lee qualified P12 for Race 7.
- Lee finished P11 in Race 7.
Race 7 – Position 11
Holdsworth missed the advanced qualifying opportunity in Practice with the new layout but later finished P12 at the conclusion of all three qualifying sessions.
The Team did a great job with strategy electing to pit last from the lead, and Holdsworth rejoined in P14 with great car speed and was able to pass a couple of cars.
Holdsworth felt something break in the car in the final 6 Laps and had to nurse the car home, however without that happening noted he had the car speed and tyre life to advance further up the field.
Holdsworth finished P11 after 50 Laps and was looking forward to Sunday’s final Race.
Race 8 – Position 23
Holdsworth qualified P18 for Sunday’s 84 Lap Race after struggling to maximise the green tyre.
On the opening lap of the race, Holdsworth was hit from behind by Caruso under brakes, effectively ruining the team strategy and leaving the Number 18 Car with a damaged rear.
Holdsworth was able to complete the Race with the damage but managed a P23 finish, 1.5 laps down from the leader.
As a result, Holdsworth has now dropped to 20th in the Supercars Championship Standings.
“REALLY PLEASED WITH RACE 7, I THINK THE TEAM DID A GREAT JOB WITH STRATEGY. WE HAD GREAT CAR SPEED, THE CAR HUNG ONTO THE TYRES WELL AND I WAS ABLE TO MAKE SOME PASSES. SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE LAST 6 LAPS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK INTO, WITHOUT THAT HAPPENING WE WOULD HAVE BEEN UP A BIT FURTHER, I HAD TO NURSE IT HOME BUT A GREAT TEAM EFFORT. ON SUNDAY WE JUST NEEDED A CLEAN FIRST LAP FOR OUR STRATEGY BUT SUSTAINED DAMAGE TO THE REAR AT THE HAIRPIN FROM ANOTHER CAR COLLECTING US UNDER BRAKES WHICH RUINED OUR RACE. THE DAMAGE TOOK AWAY ALL OUR REAR AERO AND THERE WASN’T MUCH I COULD DO FROM THERE.”
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the Phillip Island 500 on 20-22 April.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 658 points
- 2 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 647 points
- 3 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 647 points
- 4 – James Courtney, Mobil 1 Boost Mobile Racing – 624 points
- 5 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 618 points
- 20 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 306 points