Holdsworth rejoins GRM for Phillip Island

Lee Holdsworth will re-join Garry Rogers Motorsport for the final round of the V8 Supercar Series - the BigPond Grand Finale - at Phillip Island this weekend.

The 22-year-old drove for the team in the Sandown and Bathurst endurance events and will drive the #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore as teammate to Cameron McConville for the series finale.

After running the last two rounds at the Gold Coast and Symmons Plains, Dean Canto has a prior commitment to drive in the final round of the HPDC V8 Supercar Series this weekend and is unavailable to the team. He leads the series and will remain focused on attempting to win it this weekend.

Team owner Garry Rogers said he was pleased to give the young Victorian another drive with the team.

"Lee did a very good job in atrocious conditions at Sandown and was in a strong position at Bathurst, even after a near miss when the bonnet of his car flew up when Phil Scifleet was at the wheel," said Rogers.

"With the Commonwealth Games next year, our racing season will not commence until the end of March and we will be therefore reviewing all the drivers options that are available both in Australia and overseas.

"My preference is to give a younger Australian an opportunity to enter the championship, however I must also consider my commercial responsibilities to our sponsors and supporters who rightfully expect results immediately.

"V8 Supercar racing is a very expensive industry and the recent escalation in driver fees is making it increasingly difficult to devote the necessary financial resources to vehicle building and development, as well as competing with drivers salary demands."

Practice begins at Phillip Island on Friday at 1.00pm with a two-hour session. Qualifying, the Top 10 Shootout and a 100-kilometre race will be held on Saturday before two 140-kilometre races complete the 2005 season on Sunday.

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