Holdsworth heads home

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 21/06/2016
  • By Kassie Gadeke

Preston Hire Racing's Lee Holdsworth will be transferred from Darwin to a hospital in his home city in Melbourne this evening.

Holdsworth spent the past two nights in Royal Darwin Hospital after a nasty accident in Sunday’s race that has left him with a fractured pelvis and other injuries.

The passenger side of Holdsworth’s Commodore smacked a concrete wall at the Hidden Valley circuit after he was caught in a mid-pack scuffle on the first lap.

The Triple Eight car has been taken to Queensland for repairs and  team owner Charlie Schwerkolt is confident it will be repaired for Townsville, which begins on July 8.

Despite his injuries, Holdsworth just wants to get back in his car after what had been a promising start to the season for the new-for-2016 single car Schwerkolt operation.

Holdsworth spoke to Riana Crehan for Inside Supercars about his injuries.

“I’m on the road to recovery now and looking forward to getting back in the car already,” Holdsworth said.

“It’s just a hairline fracture and quite a complex one actually, they say – but nothing’s displaced so hopefully just taking a bit of load off it for a while will mend itself.

“I have to say I’m pretty overwhelmed with all the messages of support, so thanks to everyone for that.”

Fortunately Holdsworth had the support of his parents, as his father Glen was racing in Commodore Cup at Hidden Valley.

“It has been good to have them up here by my side and keep me company … they’ve been great,” he said.

The car will be stripped at Paul Morris’s shop and repaired at PACE Innovations in Yatala, Queensland.

The team has plans in place to send crew members to Queensland as required, with team manager Jeff Grech, crew chief Andy Atkins and number one and two mechanics Janelle Navarro and Scott Stacey heading up tomorrow.

Holdsworth will miss the next event in Townsville, with Schwerkolt confirming Karl Reindler as his replacement. 

Schwerkolt is appreciative of the incredible support he has received in the past few days.

Stay tuned to Inside Supercars on FOX SPORTS 506 at 7.30pm AEST tonight for more.

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