Lee Holdsworth and Jason Bright have finished P15 at the Gold Coast 600 for Race 26 of the Supercars Championship, while Race 27 was cancelled due to torrential weather.
Race 26 – Position 15
Holdsworth opened Saturday at the Surfers Paradise Street Circuit finishing P13 in Qualifying, narrowly missing the Top Ten Shootout.
Bright began the Race for the team but struggled with pace on a full tank of fuel, dropping to P16.
A Red Flag fell on Lap 23 and Bright was forced into a double stack and dropped to P22.
Bright climbed up to P19 before swapping with Holdsworth, who was able to climb into P16 in his final stint, eventually finishing P15 after taking over Le Brocq on the final lap.
“TRACK POSITION WAS KILLER FOR US, WE HAD TO DOUBLE STACK AND DROP BACK IN THE FIELD. PLEASED TO CLIMB BACK TO P15 AS I FEEL LIKE WE HAD A TOP 10 CAR.” – LEE HOLDSWORTH
“WE DIDN’T HAVE THE PACE IN THE RACE THAT WE HAD HOPED FOR, CERTAIN SECTORS WERE BETTER THAN OTHERS BUT AS THE FUEL LOWERED THEY GOT BETTER. WILL HAVE ANOTHER GO TOMORROW.” – JASON BRIGHT
Race 27 – Race Cancelled
Holdsworth qualified P12 in Sunday’s morning session narrowly missing the Top Ten Shootout with kerb strikes affecting the whole field in the final laps.
The race was dry until Lap 29, suspended under torrential rain and restarted for 5 laps before been suspended again as the conditions further deteriorated and ultimately cancelled.
The Race was declared a non-event with no points to be awarded.
“I THINK WE MADE GAINS ON THE CAR THIS WEEKEND, EVEN THOUGH WE COULDN’T GET THE RESULT TO RELEFECT THAT YESTERDAY I FEEL LIKE WE WOULD HAVE BEEN A SOLID TOP TEN. SHAME TO END THE WEEKEND LIKE THAT BUT THE CONDITIONS WERE TERRIBLE.” – LEE HOLDSWORTH
“THE CAR WAS BETTER TODAY IN THE RACE, WE HAD REASONABLE PACE THIS WEEKEND AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE WOULD HAVE FINISHED 7TH WHICH WAS GOOD, IT’S A SHAME IT DIDN’T GET CLASSIFIED. I THINK IT WAS AS GOOD ROUND FOR THE TEAM AND I THINK WE MADE VERY GOOD PROGRESS AND HAD A COMPETITIVE CAR THAT WAS AROUND THE TOP TEN.” – JASON BRIGHT
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for Round 15 of the Supercars Championship, the Auckland SuperSprint, to be held on November 2 – 4 with all races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 3368 points
- 2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 3354 points
- 3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2935 points
- 4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 2925 points
- 5 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 2687 points
- 22 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 1167 points