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Holdsworth P2 in Race 10 at Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint


18 July, 2020
Lee Holdsworth (No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang) took home second place for the second consecutive race on Saturday night, taking runner up honours in Race 10 of the Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint. Holdsworth achieved his 19th career podium by using both sets of Dunlop Soft tyres in the 32-lap race, the only two his entry was allocated for the weekend. The all-or-nothing approach came within precious tenths of a potential race win, as after his Lap 13 pit stop Holdsworth emerged just behind effective race leaders Scott McLaughlin and Anton de Pasquale. With fresher tyres, the Truck Assist Racing driver overtook de Pasquale, but could not reel in McLaughlin, crossing the chequered flag 1.3 seconds from the win. The result, however, lifts Holdsworth to fifth in the Supercars championship through 10 races.
For the second round in a row, Cameron Waters (No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang) made waves in the Top 15 Shootout, climbing from 15th in group qualifying to third in the Shootout. In the race, Waters started on his used soft tyres, but changed to hards in his pit stop, and was happy with his hard tyre pace en route to sixth in Race 10.
Jack Le Brocq (No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang) just missed out on his maiden Shootout appearance on Saturday, qualifying 18th, and elected to conserve tyres in his Race 10, starting on hards and changing two tyres on his stop. While he finished Race 10 in 16th, Le Brocq is optimistic of a strong Sunday thanks in part to the bank of tyres at his disposal.
Like Le Brocq, James Courtney (No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang) qualified 17th and followed a similar tyre strategy, opting to run his hard tyres extremely long in the first stint and taking two tyres in his compulsory stop in effort to maximise his Sunday. Courtney finished 19th in Race 10, but is confident in his car and that a positive Sunday could be on the cards.
The Truck Assist Sydney SuperSprint continues on Sunday with Race 11 and Race 12 qualifying back to back from 10:45 a.m. AEST. Race 11 kicks off at 12:25 p.m., and Race 12 at 2:50.

No. 5 Truck Assist Ford Mustang

Lee Holdsworth
Practice 1: 1m30.09s, 14th
Practice 2: 1m29.17s, 5th
Race 10 Quali: 1m28.16s, 5th
Race 10 Finish: 2nd

“Our pit stop probably wasn’t one of the fastest ones, all we needed was about half a second to give us some breathing room coming out of the lane – I thought if I could hold them (Scott McLaughlin and Anton de Pasquale) off through Turn 3 then we’d be okay. I’m a little bit disappointed, given that I had fresher tyres than both of them. When you run a strategy like we did, on softs the whole race, you really want to get that win. We felt this was our chance, and being the Truck Assist event we decided to go for it, and came up just short, but I’m pretty happy to bring home P2 and one of those Truck Assist snowboards.”

No. 6 Monster Energy Ford Mustang
Cameron Waters
Practice 1: 1m29.50s, 5th
Practice 2: 1m29.20s, 8th
Race 10 Quali: 1m28.06s, 3rd
Race 10 Finish: 6th

“We tried a fair few things in practice to try and improve where we were lacking last round, and it definitely influenced the car, which was great, but we’re still on the hunt for just a little more raw speed. It was really good in the Shootout to come to third with a set of softs on, then rolled the dice a little bit with strategy in the race. We started on softs, and I wasn’t too happy with my soft tyre car, but my hard tyre car was super strong. We have a set of softs for tomorrow, some people fired their bullets already, and some have tyres up their sleeve, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens tomorrow.”

No. 44 Boost Mobile Ford Mustang
James Courtney
Practice 1: 1m30.18s, 16th
Practice 2: 1m29.84s, 17th
Race 10 Quali: 1m30.02s, 17th
Race 10 Finish: 19th

“Tonight was our sacrifice race, we were just maximum tyre conservation, ran the first stint right to the end of the window, and even after the stop we took it easy to look after the tyres. The race result wasn’t too great, but we have a good tyre bank for tomorrow, and the car is much better than where we were tonight. I kind of wish more guys used up their tyres tonight, but if we make the right calls tomorrow we should be able to have a good couple of races.”

No. 55 Supercheap Auto Ford Mustang
Jack Le Brocq
Practice 1: 1m29.93s, 12th
Practice 2: 1m29.61s, 15th
Race 10 Quali: 1m30.21s, 18th
Race 10 Finish: 16th

“We knew we were going to be up against it tonight. We pitted early just to get the tyres off the car that we were going to have to recycle, then sort of cruised to the end at the back of the train in the hard tyre race. But we saved some tyres today so tomorrow should be much better, we have two green sets of soft tyres, and some fast cars in the team, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings.” 

Tim Edwards, Team Principal
“Lee drove an excellent race tonight, it’s hard to be disappointed with second but he certainly had the fastest car tonight, so it’s tough to come away just shy like that. That does make tomorrow an uphill battle for him, but fortunately where he had really strong soft tyre pace, Cam was very happy with his hard tyre speed, so we’re confident we can find pace in all of our cars on either tyre compound. JC and Jack’s nights weren’t too flash, but they held onto their tyres for tomorrow, so as a team we’re feeling pretty good heading into tomorrow, and hopefully can score some more strong results.” 

After nearly five months away, the Dunlop Super2 Series returned to action on Saturday, which became a banner day in the young career of teenager Broc Feeney (No. 5 Boost Mobile Ford Falcon FG X). Feeney qualified second for Race 4, and battled in the top four all race, ultimately finishing fourth, both results a career-best in just his second Super2 round. The result also moves Feeney to sixth in the Super2 standings.

Super2 action resumes on Sunday with Race 5 qualifying at 11:35 a.m. AEST, and an 18-lap Race 5 at 1:45 p.m.

No. 5 Boost Mobile Ford Falcon FG X
Broc Feeney
Practice 1: 1m32.14s, 4th
Practice 2: 1m32.44s, 2nd
Race 4 Quali: 1m32.02s, 2nd
Race 4 Finish: 4th

“It was good, I felt really strong coming into the weekend actually. I felt like I made a massive improvement from Adelaide to here, but if someone said you were going to start P2 and finish P4 you’d definitely take that. I’m feeling really good in the car, quali was awesome, Tommy (Randle) got me by a bit, but there are certainly places where we can tune that up and hopefully have a crack at pole tomorrow and hopefully another good race, battle for a round podium, and see what happens.”

1) Scott McLaughlin – 674 points
2) Jamie Whincup – 599
3) Chaz Mostert – 480
4) Cameron Waters – 479
5) Lee Holdsworth – 463
15) Jack Le Brocq – 286
18) James Courtney – 236

1) Triple Eight Race Engineering – 1032 points
2) DJR Team Penske – 992
3) Tickford Racing (5/44) – 870
4) Tickford Racing (6/55) – 765

1) Thomas Randle – 422 points
2) Will Brown – 414
3) Brodie Kostecki – 370
6) Broc Feeney – 300