Lee Holdsworth and Jason Bright have finished P23 at the Sandown 500 for Round 12 of the Supercars Championship.
Race 24 – Position 23
After a mixed bag of results in Practice, Holdsworth finished P21 in Qualifying due to a leaking rear, and set Co-Driver Jason Bright’s starting position for the first Race for the Grid.
Bright had a great start to the Race and climbed quickly to P19, but was tagged by Warren Luff while defending and spun into the main straight fence.
The hard-working Preston Hire Racing team managed to repair a damaged lower rear control arm and front steering arm in just over an hour to have the car ready for Race for the Grid 2.
Starting last in P26, Holdsworth was able to climb into P21 in 20 fast laps to set the starting position for Race 24.
Bright had a tough start to the first Enduro Race of the season and dropped to P25, but was able to climb back into P20 towards the end of his stint.
Just prior to the Driver Change, Bright ran wide and was caught in a gravel pit and had to be towed out, but returned to the garage to swap over with Holdsworth under Safety Car.
Holdsworth rejoined 6 laps down in P24 but was quickly back in the garage with issues to the front left disc which was quickly repaired by the team.
As a result, Holdsworth rejoined the field 10 laps down in P24. The team elected to give Bright more laps prior to Bathurst and he finished the Race in P23.
Holdsworth is now 22nd in the Supercars Championship and the duo is 24th in the Pirtek Enduro Cup Standings.
“WE STRUGGLED FOR PACE EARLY ON, MADE A CHANGE IN THE SECOND STINT WHICH MADE THE CAR A LITTLE BIT BETTER BUT I MADE A MISTAKE ON THE IN-LAP UNFORTUNATELY AND LOCKED THE INSIDE FRONT AND ENDED UP IN THE SAND TRAP. LOOKING FORWARD TO BATHURST NOW.” – JASON BRIGHT
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the second round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup, the Bathurst 1000, held on October 4 – 7 with all races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 3054 points
- 2 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 2999 points
- 3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2716 points
- 4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 2487 points
- 5 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 2435 points
- 22 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 1023 points