Lee Holdsworth has finished P18 & P16 at the Townsville 400, progressing the team’s understanding of the car at Round 8 of the Supercars Championship.
Race 17 – Position 18
Holdsworth started the first Queensland Race from P20 after struggling to activate the green tyre.
Holdsworth climbed several places in the Race but stalled in the pits and was also blocked by Simona De Silvestro in Pit Lane, who was later penalised for the incident.
The #18 finished the Race in P19, with Holdsworth able to regain some positions with pace.
The result was later updated to P18 as a result of other penalties in the field.
Race 18 – Position 16
Holdsworth qualified an improved P16 for the final Race in Townsville and began the 70 laps from the 8th Row.
Holdsworth was able to avoid carnage on the first lap, but in doing so dropped back to P20.
The #18 Driver continued to fight for position in the battle pack and finished P17 after two clean pit stops and a series of safety cars.
Overall, Holdsworth was happy to see improvements in the results and was impressed with the whole team’s effort.
Holdsworth remains 21st in the Championship Standings and is looking forward to heading to the Ipswich SuperSprint later this month.
“WE MOVED FORWARD THIS WEEKEND. WE CERTAINLY HAVE MADE PROGRESS WITH THE CAR, THE GREEN TYRE IS STILL A BIT OF AN ISSUE BUT WE’VE COME AWAY WITH OUR BEST RESULT IN A WHILE SO WE’VE GOT TO BE SATISFIED THAT WE’VE PROGRESSED AND WE’VE GOT AN IDEA ON HOW TO FURTHER DEVELOP THE CAR FOR NEXT ROUND. MOST IMPORTANTLY WE’VE COME AWAY WITH A STRAIGHT CAR BEFORE THE NEXT ROUND BECAUSE WE ONLY HAVE TWO DAYS BEFORE IT HEADS TO IPSWICH. THE CREW DID A GREAT JOB THIS WEEKEND, GREAT PIT STOPS AND A REALLY GOOD ATTITUDE.”
Preston Hire Racing will now prepare for the Ipswich SuperSprint, to be held on 20 – 22 July, with all Races to be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 2033 points
- 2 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1902 points
- 3 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 1646 points
- 4 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1630 points
- 5 -Craig Lowndes, Autobarn Racing – 1602 points
- 21 – Lee Holdsworth, Preston Hire Racing – 693 points