V8 Supercars – Astonishing Irwin Racing Debut for Lee Holdsworth

February 12, 2012

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Lee Holdsworth has made a dream start to his IRWIN Racing career, finishing today’s season opening test day at Sandown Raceway in third place.

Holdsworth posted the third fastest time of the day behind Will Davison and Craig Lowndes, and was ahead of Todd Kelly and Jonathan Webb.

Conditions were made difficult with Melbourne’s fickle summer weather. Intermittent showers during both the morning and afternoon test sessions saw the test day extended an extra 30 minutes to compensate for lost track time.

The priority for Holdsworth was to spend as much time as possible in the Irwin Ford. In a new car, Holdsworth got used to the intricacies of the Ford, having driven Holdens exclusively for the past six years.

Holdsworth focused on simple seat time in the first half of the day, then rounded out the second half working on minor developments.

Ecstatic with the team’s progress over the day, where he completed in excess of 100 laps, Holdsworth is now looking forward to the first event of the 2012 season, Adelaide’s Clipsal 500, March 1-4.

Irwin Racing, Lee Holdsworth:

“I am stoked to be honest, I didn’t expect so much on the first day. I didn’t push over the limit; I wanted to build up to it slowly. The best thing about it was even when we were just cruising around we were well inside the top 10. To put new tyres on and bank a top three time was really pleasing, it’s such a great start to the season. I’ve come away feeling really confident in the car and have built a really good relationship with Brad my engineer and everyone else in the crew. I couldn’t have asked for more really. There were positives signs for the entire team, we’ve still got another test before we go to Adelaide and there’s still plenty of time to improve the IRWIN Ford further and make adjustments to the car that suit me. There are a few areas where we can improve and if we can get on top of them, Clipsal is looking very promising.”

Irwin Racing engineer, Brad Wischusen:

“We went quite well together, got through quite a lot of stuff and Lee got the grips of the car quite early. Even though we lost a bit of time due to the weather he really did well to move forward with the car, it’s definitely a very good start to the year. We did quite a bit (of development), but it was hard to predict the car because there was a lot of hard and soft tyre running down pit lane. We did make a lot of changes, but the weather and track conditions forced us to change our game plan considerably throughout the day. At the end of the day the most important thing was to get Lee comfortable with the IRWIN Ford and the standard changes that we would make. Lee did a great job, we couldn’t be happier.”

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