Lee Holdsworth has tried to put a positive spin on his crash that eliminated him from contending for a podium in the first race at Surfers Paradise today.
The Fujitsu Racing driver was running comfortably in the top three until he crashed his car into the tyre wall at turn three. The impact punctured his front left tyre, dropping him and his co-driver Greg Ritter to an eventual 19th place.
“We had a good car and we were lapping quickest at the time,” Holdsworth told Speedcafe.com.au.
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“I pulled up on (Fabian) Coulthard. He held me up for a few laps. He was on old tyres and I was on good ones and I was trying to get past him pretty desperately.
“At turn one, the car snapped out pretty quickly on throttle and collected the tyre wall on the outside. It punctured a hole in the front left tyre and that was it.”
Despite his error, Holdsworth says that on a positive note, there's nothing wrong with the speed of his Fujitsu racer.
“A good thing in a way is that we have pace. We never really have had good pace here,” he said.
“We had really good pace at Bathurst and we've continued on to here. There's a lot of positives.
“We've got tomorrow left and we'll try and have a good crack at it.”