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Lee Holdsworth has finished P15 and P14 at the Auckland SuperSprint for Round 15 of the Supercars Championship.

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Race 28 – Position 15

Holdsworth had a strong showing in the opening Practice Sessions at Pukekohe finishing P6 and P4.

Moving into Qualifying on Saturday morning, Holdsworth was caught in the rain on the last run and finished P13.

Starting the 70 Lap Race from the 8th Row, Holdsworth held his position around the right track before the #18 was nudged from behind by Stanaway and Holdsworth clipped the side of Coulthard which caused a lengthy Safety Car. The event went under investigation and Stanaway was penalised.

Holdsworth took his second and final stop of the Race before the majority of the field, rejoining in P19 and moving up to P15 before the Race end.

“WE STRUGGLED A BIT FOR PACE IN A GROUP WITH AERO AND UNDERSTEER. ON OUR OWN THE CAR IS DECENT BUT IN A PACK IT’S HARD TO KEEP UP AND MAKE PASSES. WE GOT STUCK OUT THERE WITH OUR STRATEGY IN A GROUP WHICH SLOWED US DOWN AND WE CAME HOME P15. I GOT DRILLED INTO COULTHARD AND FEEL BAD FOR HIM AND HIS TEAM BUT THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO. TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN TUNE IT UP FOR SOME MORE FRONT GRIP AND MOVE FORWARD.”

Race 29 – Position 14

Struggling with high-speed balance in Qualifying, Holdsworth finished P18.

Holdsworth had a good start to the final Race in New Zealand, making his way through the field and through strategy was one of the final cars to take their first stop.

Rejoining in P16 after his second and final stop, Holdsworth battled his way into P14 where he eventually finished.

“HAPPY TO MOVE FORWARD BUT FRUSTRATING TO BE HELD UP AT THE END WITH OTHER CARS. THE PACE WAS BETTER TODAY AND THE BOYS DID A GOOD JOB IN THE STOPS, NICE TO GET A CLEAN RUN AND A FEW POINTS.”

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Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for Round 16 of the Supercars Championship, the Newcastle 500, to be held on November 22 – 25 with all races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.

2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

  • 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 3656 points
  • 2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 3642 points
  • 3 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 3175 points
  • 4 – Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 3117 points
  • 5 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 2918 points
  • 22 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 1290 points