Having jumped the Prodrive Falcon during the first round of stops, the positions were reversed in the second round, and Holdsworth said the threat of picking up a penalty for an additional kerb strike tempered his efforts.
“I had speed over him,” Holdsworth said. “I was a little annoyed that we dropped him in the [final] stop.
“We gapped him a little bit in that second stint and then had pace over him at the end as well. He was obviously fuel conserving.
“I was trying to get a run on him but also had to be very careful through the chicanes because I was on my last warning.
“I’d got a bad-sportsmanship flag and the next one was going to be a drive-through. I did have to play it a bit conservative.
“It was a hard thing to do because I really wanted to get a good run and throw it down the inside.”