2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Lee Holdsworth & Jason Bright are looking forward to giving Mount Panorama their all when they head to the 2018 edition of the Bathurst 1000 continuing on with their 1968 Holden Monaro Retro Round Livery.

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Preston Hire Racing’s Sandown 500 livery will remain on the car as a nod to the 1968 Bathurst 500 Holden Monaro driven by Bruce McPhee, famous for upsetting the bigger factory teams by running a buffed hard wearing street tyre rather than a racing tyre to win.

Holdsworth is excited to head to Mount Panorama for the gruelling 1,000km Supercar Race and is hoping a breakthrough in car-setup will result in a positive finish for the deserving team.

2018 will be the third year Preston Hire Racing take part in the Bathurst 1000 following two previous years of heartbreak for the whole team with consecutive freak engine failures that retired the #18 to the garage.

“ROLLING INTO BATHURST EACH YEAR GIVES ME GOOSEBUMPS. IT HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR ME, AND NO DOUBT EACH AND EVERY RACE DRIVER IN AUSTRALIA. IT’S UP THERE WITH ONE OF THE TOUGHEST RACES IN THE WORLD AND I FEEL VERY FORTUNATE TO BE APART OF IT YEAR AFTER YEAR. TO BOUNCE BACK AT THIS ROUND WITH A TURN OF SPEED AND FORTUNE IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED.”

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Co-Driver Jason Bright is a previous winner of the Great Race, claiming the first step on the podium in 1998 and finishing P2 in 2000 and P3 in 2002.

Bright is looking forward to heading back to the town of Bathurst for the 161 Lap Race and believes the team’s preparation and his experience behind the wheel at Sandown will help the team’s performance this coming weekend.

“LOOKING FORWARD TO HEADING UP TO BATHURST AFTER A TOUGH SANDOWN. OUR PREPARATION HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER HEADING INTO THE BIG ONE THAN SANDOWN AND I NOW HAVE SOME GOOD MILES UNDER MY BELT IN THAT CAR.”

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Team Owner Charlie Schwerkolt is looking forward to seeing how the Team fairs at Mount Panorama in 2018 and is hoping the team follows in the underdog footsteps of McPhee’s 1968 Holden Livery for a great Bathurst 1000 result.

“HOPEFULLY ITS 3RD TIME LUCKY FOR TEAM 18. WE UNFORTUNATELY HAD FREAK ENGINE FAILURES IN BOTH 2016 AND 2017, SO WITH THE FRESHEST BRAND NEW ENGINE WE COULD SOURCE OUR GOAL THIS YEAR IS TO FIRSTLY FINISH, AND THEN HOPEFULLY MAKE IT IN THE TOP 10 OR EVEN BETTER! WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE OUR RETRO LIVERY ON FOR ITS SECOND RACE, AND WILL BE HAVING A PHOTO SHOOT WITH THE ORIGINAL 1968 WINNING MONARO CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HOLDEN’S FIRST EVER WIN AT BATHURST. WITH A GREAT LINE-UP OF DRIVERS AND A FANTASTIC TEAM, WE ARE IN WITH A REAL CHANCE, AND I AM SUPER EXCITED.”

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Preston Hire Racing will now head to the second event of the Pirtek Enduro Cup, the Bathurst 1000, held on 4 – 7 October 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