Holdsworth rejoins Audi Bathurst 12 Hour effort

  • Bathurst 12 hour
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  • 18/12/2018
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Lee Holdsworth will again link with Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia for the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in 2019.

The 35-year-old will join car owner Marc Cini and experienced Supercars co-driver Dean Fiore in the Hallmarc Property Group R8 for a third-straight year.

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It will kick-off a big 2019 for Holdsworth, who is expected to join Tickford Racing for the new Supercars campaign, following his exit from Team 18.

Holdsworth says the 12 Hour is a great way to start the racing season.

Other Supercars drivers set to feature in the event include Shane van Gisbergen, Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup, David Reynolds, Chaz Mostert, Garth Tander, Nick Percat and Tim Slade.

"To team up with Deano and Marc again makes for a good, fun weekend," said Holdsworth.

"The Bathurst 12 Hour is growing as an event each year and it's now really an internationally renowned, bucket list type of event. To be involved is a privilege.

"It's a nice way to start the year and get the ball rolling and get your head back into gear before the Supercars season starts.

"We don't take it too seriously - it's a fun weekend and one where we can enjoy our racing.

“We're not out to win the race outright but if we can get the Hallmarc car onto the podium in our class then we'll come away with a smile on our dials."

The Hallmarc Audi will be in the event’s Pro/Am Class, in which the trio finished third – and ninth outright – in 2017.

Changes to the driving time rules this year will place more emphasis on the Am driver, which Holdsworth hopes will help his entry.

"The Pro-Am class is very competitive," Holdsworth said.

"But I think with some of the rule changes it gives us a better shot.

“With the driver times in place it means you split the race evenly between your drivers which makes it a lot more fair for us - and a lot of other cars as well.

"I think if we can get the same result as 2017 we'll be very satisfied."

Others in Pro/Am will include a Lamborghini co-driven by DJR Team Penske PIRTEK Enduro Cup regular Tony D'Alberto.

The 2017 Great Race podium finisher has been announced as part of the Wall Racing line-up alongside Cameron McConville, Adrian Deitz and Jules Westwood.

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