Preston Hire Racing have left Round 5 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship season with a top 10 finish and a horrific crash at the CrownBet Darwin TripleCrown.
The Hidden Valley Racetrack was home to a weekend of intense racing and scorching temperatures, where Friday’s Practice Sessions saw the team finish P7 and P11, with the difference between P1 and P11 in the later was 0.18 of a second.
Driver Lee Holdsworth believed the separation of the field was incredible, and the improvements made by the team had finally been represented with more consistency in on-track results.
“We were so close and P11 isn’t really a true indication of our speed, but at the end of the day we were still a little bit off and a small change should get us where we need to be, it was just a matter of analysing the data overnight to come back with the right change to get us up in the top 10,” Holdsworth said.
Hidden Valley hosted a quick 15 minute practice session on Saturday where Holdsworth finished P16 after changes were made in the car to alter the balance.
Qualifying saw the Number 18 Supercar start from 12th on the grid for Race 12 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
A hectic start to the race and some intense racing saw Holdsworth climb 4 places and finish P8 with minor damage to the car.
“Very happy to come from 12th to 8th, one of the toughest races pushing 100% the whole way and always on the edge of making a mistake, it was a difficult race but I am very pleased with our result,” Holdsworth said.
Holdsworth was injured in Sunday’s Race 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after qualifying P19, suffering injury after a shunt on the opening lap.
It was the first corner of the opening lap when the Preston Hire Racing Car was impacted from the right hand side by Jason Bright and spun into the shoulder of the circuit.
The car was heavily impacted on the left hand side and spun for a second time into the wall; crews rushed to the scene and Holdsworth was assessed by Medical teams before been sent to the Royal Darwin Hospital.
Scans revealed Holdsworth suffered a fractured pelvis as a result of his collision in Race 13 today in Darwin alongside minor injuries to his chest and left elbow, but his head has been given the all clear.
Holdsworth will remain in hospital and will unfortunately miss next month’s Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.
“It’s devastating, I’m just gutted. First and foremost Lee is our biggest concern and I’ll be joining him at the hospital,” Schwerkolt said.
“It’s a big blow to the team with where we’re sitting. It’s no good for the team, I’m absolutely gutted.”
Schwerkolt and Preston Hire Racing would like to extend their thanks for everyone’s support; especially from all of our sponsors.
Instead of returning to their Melbourne base, Preston Hire Racing will now head to Queensland in order to undertake the necessary fix on the Triple Eight-built chassis.
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