Lee Holdsworth has finished P20 and DNF at the inaugural OTR SuperSprint for Round 11 of the Supercars Championship.
Race 22 – Position 20
Holdsworth completed the first laps for Preston Hire Racing at the new Bend Motorsport Park before handing the reigns over to Co-Driver Jason Bright in both Practice 1 & 2, who familiarised himself with the car on a Race Weekend for the first time.
Holdsworth qualified P14 for Race 22, getting a great start to the Race from the 7th Row and climbing up to P11.
Unfortunately, the Preston Hire Racing Commodore ran wide on Turn 10 just before the mid-point of the Race and Holdsworth dropped to P19.
Taking his stop under Safety Car like the majority of the field, Holdsworth re-joined in P20 and eventually finished there.
Race 23 – Position DNF
Holdsworth qualified P22 in another tough session with the track covered in debris.
Starting from the back of the Race, Holdsworth had a great opening lap climbing up to P19 before pitting at the conclusion of Lap 1.
Rejoining around the mid-section of the leaderboard, Holdsworth was in-line for a respectable result when the Transmission Drive Shaft failed and ended his Race and Holdsworth was forced to nurse the car off of the track.
Holdsworth now remains 21st in the Championship standings on 951 points heading into the first round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup in September.
“WE WERE IN FOR A GOOD RESULT AND PITTED ON LAP 1, RIGHT IN THE MIX AROUND P14 OR P15. UNFORTUNATELY, WE BROKE THE TRANSMISSION DRIVE SHAFT BETWEEN THE ENGINE AND THE TRANSAXEL IN THE REAR. DISSAPOINTING FINISH BUT WE ARE OFF TO OUR HOME TRACK IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS TIME.” – CHARLIE SCHWERKOLT
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the first event of the Pirtek Enduro Cup, the Sandown 500, held on 14 – 16 September with all races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2778 points
- 2 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 2759 points
- 3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2416 points
- 4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 2229 points
- 5 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 2213 points
- 21 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 951 points