Holdsworth locks in Hallmarc Audi drive for Bathurst 12 Hour


pic: Bathurst 12 Hour website 

Preston Hire Racing’s Lee Holdsworth will join Dean Fiore and Marc Cini aboard the Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS GT3 in next years Bathurst 12 Hour.

The trio will pilot the #9 Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia entry, combining again in 2018 after they finished 9th outright in the 2017 race.

“That’ll be fun,” Holdsworth told Supercars.com. “I really enjoyed it this year [in 2017] and I’m looking forward to getting back.

“It’s a great way to start the year, it’s always fun with Fiore and Cini and especially in a good car.

“It makes it more enjoyable, you don’t want to be looking in the mirrors the whole race around there, so having something that handles well and is nearly as quick as anything else is good fun.

“Hopefully we can come home with another podium, hopefully we take this one out in our class.”

The 2018 event will be Holdsworth’s fifth Bathurst 12 Hour campaign, after his first two appearances came in 2008 and 09, when the race was still in it’s production car days.

He was then part of an Erebus Motorsport Mercedes line-up in 2013, teaming up with Tim Slade and Peter Hackett to finish the race sixth, after starting on pole.

“It’s nice to break-up the off-season,” he said. “Just to get your head back into gear and get back on a race track.

“To clear the cobwebs and everything, and especially [because] it’s not part of the Supercars Championship or anything like that, it’s a fairly laid-back sort of event.

“Obviously we still want to do as well as we can, we still want to win it, but I think the big thing for me is just to get my head back into it at the start of the year and have some fun.

“It’s a bit of a different way of going racing as Supercars racing, you’re just doing it for the pure pressure of motorsport.”

The 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour will take place from 2-4 February.