Third in the standings a reward for consistent Brett Holdsworth
It may have been his worst round results-wise this season, but Brett Holdsworth not only solidified his position within the top five of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series standings, but moved to third in the points approaching the final round.
As a couple of his rivals faltered, Holdsworth was able to take advantage despite a spin and penalty dropping him back during the weekend.
Starting ninth on the grid following a difficult qualifying session, Holdsworth dodged the opening race fracas involving two of his close rivals to finish in fourth.
Race 2 proved a challenging affair as a start penalty was handed out immediately as a spin further relegated him to cross the line 16th.
This set Holdsworth up well for Race 3 as he started 10th and remained there until the end.
“Luck went our way in the end, but I can’t discredit the car speed we had,” said Holdsworth.
“I believe we had a top three car at the end of the day, but I didn’t put myself in the right positions to capitalise on that. I tripped over myself in Race 2, we would have been on target for a podium based off our early speed in that one.
“It’s great obviously that we’re now third in the Championship, but I don’t want to take home the trophy at the end of the year without standing on the podium at any point. We had the third place in race on in Sydney, but our best overall round result so far is fourth.
“The Ashley Seward Motorsport crew have given me a really great car every round so I know I’ll have the car underneath me to be fast in Sandown.”
Limited testing hasn’t hampered Holdsworth’s title tilt, but a day at Sandown is expected to be organised prior to the final round.
“I think there’s a good chance I do some laps around the track before that weekend,” said Holdsworth.
“Fortunately, it’s almost in the backyard of the ASM workshop, so logistically it’s not a huge effort to get the car out there. There’s nothing planned yet but it will probably be a good idea to do a test day and give ourselves a leg up for the finale.”
The final round of the Turtle Wax Trans Am Series will join the SpeedSeries at Sandown on September 16-18.