Holdsworth sees potential at new home

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 23/03/2015
  • By V8 Supercars

Lee Holdsworth is positive heading to this weekend's Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint, despite a tough start to the season at the Clipsal 500.

The new entry at Walkinshaw Racing looked promising in Adelaide, but an accident at the notorious turn eight meant he was not able to show the car's full potential.

Regardless of sitting 21st in the Championship points, Holdsworth's optimism has not been dented as he heads to what is the fourth event, but second Championship round of the year, in his HoldenCommodore.

"All the ingredients are there - we've just got to put it all together now and that's only going to get stronger for me with a bit more familiarity with the team and the car," Holdsworth told v8supercars.com.au.

For the 32-year old, 2014 was a whirlwind. An historic first win with Erebus, having the team announce his continuance, huge accidents through the enduros and a shock switch to drive for Charlie Schwerkolt kept his name in the headlines.

Early this season Schwerkolt made headlines of his own, taking his REC (Racing Entitlements Contract, which allows him to compete) to fill the fourth car slot at Walkinshaw Racing after James Rosenberg's departure.

So while fans expected to see Holdsworth in new colours for 2015, the extent of the move was far greater than anticipated.

For Holdsworth, it's all for the best, with the Fuchs racer declaring he is now in the best seat he has had through his full-time V8 Supercars career, which began with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2006, before shifting to Stone Brothers Racing in 2012, which became Erebus the following year for the new era of V8 Supercars.

"I would say this is the highest quality seat I've had," Holdsworth said.

"You can certainly feel in the team the quality of the people here is second to none. There's a great vibe and a lot of confidence in this camp and momentum as well. You can that see over the past 12 months especially, you can see they were going somewhere - so I couldn't be happier with where I am at the moment really. I'll ride the wave with them and hopefully end up at the top."

Holdsworth spoke more in-depth about the switch on last week's edition of Inside Supercars - but told v8supercars.com.au working with Walkinshaw Racing was not the same feeling as settling with SBR, which was one of the form teams at the time.

"It's a different feeling - I feel like I could push this to the limit," Holdsworth said.

"I'm consistent in there - it's not like I bang out a good time, then half a second off the next lap, the consistency is there and confidence is there ...I can predict what the car is going to do and sometimes that's an issue when you go from team to team.

"It takes a long time to get to know how the car reacts to certain things, and I suppose there is a little bit of that going on but it feels a little bit like jumping back into a GRM car with a few modifications. It's a great car."

Holdsworth was able to push through the field in the final race at the Australian Grand Prix, improving from 16th on the grid to ninth, and is now focused on an improved result in Tasmania.

Last year with Erebus he recorded 16th, ninth and 12th place finishes.

Stay tuned to FOX SPORTS 506 tomorrow night at 7.30pm ADST for the show, and from Friday to Sunday for live coverage of the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint.Fans can also follow the action on Ten and One with highlights packages each day.

Click here for the TV schedule, and here to buy tickets to the March 27-29 Championship event in Tasmania.

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