Bruising weekend for GRM on the Gold Coast Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth have had a tough weekend in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the streets of the Gold Coast. Both found themselves in all sorts of ...
Bruising weekend for GRM on the Gold Coast
Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth have had a tough weekend in the Gillette V8 Supercar Challenge on the streets of the Gold Coast.
Both found themselves in all sorts of dramas over the course of the weekend on a circuit that is notorious for involving even the most innocent of victim in accidents. th th The weekend began with Canto qualifying 17 and Holdsworth 25 in his debut appearance at the difficult 4.47kilometre circuit.
Starting in the middle of the field would always make things difficult, but Canto's race was ruined on the exit of the first chicane, stuck behind the spun car of Max Wilson after light contact between the two.
Once he'd been able to get around the stricken car, Canto was left at the very tail of th the field and was forced to charge on, making it back up to 18 with teammate st Holdsworth not far behind in 21 . th Race two on Sunday saw Canto make a blinding start and move to 14 by the end of the opening lap, though it all came unstuck on his compulsory pit stop.
A tap with the wall had damaged the left rear wheel nut and the GRM pit crew were unable to remove it to change the tyre.
After dropping a handful of laps while they worked to fix the problem, Canto rejoined the race only to be given a drivethrough penalty for his crew not using compressible jacks during the stop. th He rejoined to finish 25 , two spots behind Holdsworth, who copped a penalty himself, docked one lap for pitting one lap too late for his compulsory pit stop.
Things didn't get any better in the third and final race, with Holdsworth eliminated in a multicar accident only a matter of a few hundred metres after the start. th Canto managed to make his way through the carnage and make it home in 16 , even despite brake problems. GRM INDY QUOTEBOOK
Dean Canto "It was a weekend that went from bad to worse, which is a shame because we've had a couple of good rounds recently. In the first race I got tangled up with Max. I touched him with all of two kilograms of force, it was the lightest touch. I fought my way back through to at least have a decent starting spot for race two, and I was running near the top 10 when I touched a wall and damaged the wheel nut. That one was my fault. And then in race three I don't know what caused the big crash but all of a sudden there were brake lights on and there was poor Lee right in front of me! I cleaned him up on the way through and managed to keep going, but the brake pedal was going to the floor with six or seven laps to go. But we made it to the end on a weekend that wasn't one of our best, that's for sure."
Lee Holdsworth "What an ordinary weekend! My plan was to go to Indy and try and get some championship points and have a straight car but neither part of the plan came off! Dean hit the wall in race two and was stuck in the pits because they couldn't get the wheel nut off. So I stayed out and the team told me to pit at the last minute once Dean's car had been fixed and cleared the pit bay. But as I came in, the leader Jamie Whincup kept going and the rules say the pit window closes when the leading car th crosses the line to finish its 15 lap. So he missed the window and by him doing that, it gave me a one lap penalty because I in turn had missed it! So I should have been further up for race three and that could have got me clear of the start line carnage. But it was actually Dean who had nowhere to go and crunched into the back of me as it was all unfolding! The boys have a bit of work to do this week to replace a few of the bars in the roll cage but we'll be back up and running in time for Tasmania."