Lee Holdsworth has finished P21 & did not classify (NC) in Races 15 & 16 of the Supercars Championship at the Darwin Triple Crown over the weekend.
Race 15 – Position 21
Holdsworth started the first Race in Darwin from P20 after deteriorating track conditions made for a tough qualifying session.
Holdsworth moved up 4 places on the opening Lap into P16 and later pitted on Lap 13/42 to rejoin in P24.
The #18 moved up to P20 in the Race, but issues with tyre life relegated Holdsworth to a P21 finish on Saturday in Darwin.
“WE WERE VERY COMPETITIVE BUT OUR IN-BALANCE IS HURTING TYRE LIFE SO IT’S VERY HARD TO STAY COMPETITIVE THE WHOLE RACE. PLENTY TO LOOK AT OVERNIGHT AND WE’VE GOT ANOTHER CRACK AT IT ON SUNDAY.” – LEE HOLDSWORTH
Race 16 – Position NC
Holdsworth had a good start to the Race and was running around the P16 mark for the opening laps.
Shortly after taking his second pit stop, Holdsworth’s front splitter bar broke which tore the undertray out and sheared the mounting pins completely off of the #18.
Unfortunately, the team couldn’t get back on track in the limited remaining laps and Holdsworth was forced to retire from the Race with an NC Result.
“WHAT A DAY. OUR FRONT SPLITTER BAR BROKE WHICH TORE THE UNDERTRAY OUT AND SHEARED THE MOUNTING PINS COMPLETELY OFF – UNFORTUNATELY WE COULDN’T GET BACK ON TRACK. THE TEAM’S GUTTED… BUT WE WILL KEEP PUSHING FORWARD.” – CHARLIE SCHWERKOLT
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the Townsville 400, to be held on 6-8 July, with all Races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 1775 points
- 2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1614 points
- 3 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 1148 points
- 4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 1362 points
- 5 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1342 points
- 21 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 582 points