Lee Holdsworth enters his 13th season of Supercars this year, and third with Charlie Schwerkolt’s standalone, single-car Holden outfit.
After missing three events in 2016 due to injuries sustained in his mammoth Hidden Valley accident, Holdsworth took eight top 10 finishes last year on his way to 16th in the championship.
While an unfortunate run of DNFs cost him a shot at the top 10 in the standings, Holdsworth did finish strongly with fourth and sixth in Newcastle.
It was Holdsworth’s fourth year driving for Schwerkolt, their alliance starting within the Walkinshaw Racing umbrella in 2015, before going it along with a Triple Eight-built Commodore.
Holdsworth’s career began when he was seven, racing karts and Commodore Cup before progressing to the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2004.
In that class he caught the eye of Garry Rogers, getting an enduro drive in 2005 and full-time opportunity in ’06, taking his first podium mid-year at Oran Park.
One year later at the Sydney circuit, Holdsworth claimed his maiden Supercars race win, taking a second victory with GRM at Homebush in 2010.
He moved to Stone Brothers Racing for 2012, which morphed into Erebus Motorsport and swapped Fords for Mercedes machinery the following year.
Holdsworth continued his strong career with the new team, achieving its highest championship result, plus highest race finish and qualifying results through a tough development year.
In 2014, he became the first driver to win a Supercars race for Erebus Motorsport and Mercedes at Winton.