28 JUN 2020
Holdsworth runner up in Race 9 at Sydney
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) concluded his weekend at the Sydney SuperSprint with a second-place finish in Race 9 on Sunday afternoon after a thrilling drive through the field over the race's final 13 laps. Starting fourth, Holdsworth was the last car to make his compulsory pit stop, emerging in 12th place on Lap 19. In just seven laps, Holdsworth had climbed into second, and took the chequered flag just 1.5s from victory, but collected his 18th career podium and second since joining the team in 2019. Combined with a 13th place finish in Race 8 earlier on Sunday, Holdsworth retains sixth in the drivers' championship through three rounds.
With a sixth place finish in Race 8 and a strong start to Race 9, Cameron Waters' (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) Race 9 was affected by contact with another car on Lap 10, which ultimately hampered his efforts en route to a 13th place finish in the day's finale, retaining fourth in the drivers' championship.
Still early in his tenure at Supercheap Auto Racing, Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) recorded his season-best qualifying and race results on Sunday, starting eighth for Race 8 and finishing 11th in Race 9.
Earlier still in his tenure with Tickford Racing, James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) concluded his first event in a Ford Mustang with ninth and 14th place finishes on Sunday. Across the weekend's three races, Courtney picked up 19 spots, and is optimistic there is more to come from himself and the Boost Mobile Ford Mustang in the rounds to come.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship resumes July 18-19 at the Truck Assist Winton SuperSprint, the fourth round on the 2020 calendar.
No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang
Race 8 Quali: 1m29.01s, 13th
Race 9 Quali: 1m28.41s, 4th
Race 8 Finish: 13th
Race 9 Finish: 2nd
"Brilliant, awesome, I'm really stoked for my Tickford boys and Truck Assist Racing, and all our other sponsors, good feeling...When you've got good quality tyres it makes passing quite easy, but you have to have the car to do it, and you've got to pull it off, and we did that. It was a good feeling to pass Jamie (Whincup) and the rest of the guys, but I was trying to get to (Scotty), who was pretty quick. I thought I was reeling him in quite well for a while, and then it sort of plateaued, the gap. A bit unfortunate, I was really hoping to get to him."
No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Race 8 Quali: 1m28.62s, 5th
Race 9 Quali: 1m28.45s, 6th
Race 8 Finish: 6th
Race 9 Finish: 13th
"It wasn't a bad day, I qualified pretty solid, and in the first race today I had some good battles at the end to come out sixth. We had a good tyre bank for the last race, but I got hit early on at Turn 8 and after that something felt off with the car. It's a bit of a shame because we were looking good, but overall it's just good to be back racing, and really good for Lee to get on the podium today."
No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
Race 8 Quali: 1m29.03s, 15th
Race 9 Quali: 1m29.01s, 18th
Race 8 Finish: 9th
Race 9 Finish: 14th
"It was just a solid weekend. I learnt a lot, I still have a lot to learn, but a top 10 and three top 15s, I'm pretty happy with it. Having never tested the car, I never even sat in it until we got here, then have three races and move forward in all three is pretty good. There's still some work to do, I have to sort some things out about how this Boost Mobile Mustang generates speed, and re-train, re-program some muscle memory I have from over the years, but I'm looking forward to Winton. The team and the driver group here couldn't have been more welcoming, they've been really helpful and want to get me up to speed, so it's been a good first weekend, and hopefully more to come."
No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Race 8 Quali: 1m28.86s, 8th
Race 9 Quali: 1m18.68s, 12th
Race 8 Finish: 14th
Race 9 Finish: 11th
"It was all right today, we had a good qualifying this morning and improved the Supercheap Auto Mustang. Unfortunately our strategy wasn't the best in the second race but we learnt from that and moved forward in the third race, and had good car speed which is promising. I'm still learning every session in the car and we're making progress, so I'm looking forward to Winton, but it was just good to be back, feeling g-forces again, and banging wheels with everyone again."
Tim Edwards, Team Principal
"It's always great to come home with a trophy, and to do it the way Lee did was really exciting, especially for our first podium with Truck Assist. We had some mixed results across the day, but the racing was great with all the different tyre strategies, so it was about the best weekend we could ask for as a category. We have some things to improve on as a team, but it was a great way to restart our season, and we'll be keen to build on that at Winton in a few weeks."