Lee Holdsworth enters his 12th season of Supercars this year, determined to put 2016’s nasty accident behind him.
The three-time race winner had a whopping 96g hit at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, leaving him sidelined for three events with a fractured pelvis, knee and ribs.
The crash came just five rounds into the season, during which Holdsworth was making progress with Charlie Schwerkolt's reinvented team, Preston Hire Racing.
Holdsworth steered a Commodore at Walkinshaw Racing in 2015, but last year jumped in the cockpit of a Triple Eight Holden with Schwerkolt setting up his own operation including a customer deal with Roland Dane's squad.
Holdsworth's career began when he was seven, racing karts before progressing into a highly successful car racing career.
He entered the V8 Supercar Development Series in 2004, catching the eye of Supercars team owner, Garry Rogers, who signed Holdsworth for the endurance races in 2005.
A five-year career with GRM followed, and by mid-2006 Holdsworth had gained his first podium result. In 2007 he qualified in the top 10 seven times, gaining 11 top 10 finishes, topped off with his first V8 Supercars race win at Oran Park.
In 2009 and 2010, Holdsworth was one of the fastest drivers in the field, scoring his second race win in 2010 on the streets of Homebush.
A further year with GRM in 2011 garnered three more podiums, but Holdsworth departed at the end of the year to join Stone Brothers Racing for the 2012 season, which morphed into Erebus Motorsport V8 in 2013.
Holdsworth continued his strong career with the new team, achieving the team’s 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-Benz AMG at Winton Raceway.