Pukekohe: Garry Rogers Motorsport weekend report

Holdsworth knocks on door of top 15 in New Zealand Fuel leak halts Canto's Kiwi weekend V8 SUPERCAR rookie Lee Holdsworth has finished 16th in the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Pukekohe in New ...

Holdsworth knocks on door of top 15 in New Zealand

Fuel leak halts Canto's Kiwi weekend

V8 SUPERCAR rookie Lee Holdsworth has finished 16th in the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series at Pukekohe in New Zealand.

In his first drive at the 2.82-kilometre Kiwi venue, Holdsworth qualified 23rd, two spots behind his Repco Valvoline Cummins team-mate Dean Canto.

The youngest driver on the 2006 V8 Supercar grid, Holdsworth then finished 19th in Saturday's opening race, 16th in today's reverse grid race and 16th again in the final 50-lap race.

He admitted to making a major mistake on lap 17 of the final race when he accidentally made contact with team-mate Canto at the hairpin, spinning the #34 car in the process.

"It was completely my fault," said Holdsworth, who immediately apologised post-race to his team-mate upon stepping from the #33 Commodore.

"I got into the hairpin too deep under brakes and I actually tried to turn into the corner and avoid ploughing directly into him. But I ended up tagging the rear of his car and spinning him around.

"I feel really bad to have made such a mistake. It's one I'll make sure I learn from and make sure it doesn't happen again. Besides that, we had a pretty consistent sort of a weekend and picked up a bit of a bundle of championship points."

On the other hand, Canto had enjoyed a better run until the final race. The two-time V8 Supercar Development Series champion qualified 21st and finished Saturday's opening race in 16th.

He finished 21st in today's first race, which was a reverse grid event, and was sitting in 19th with only five laps to go when he started to slow. Leaking fuel forced him to pit and retire, with fumes affecting Canto as he stepped from the car. He quickly was OK though could do nothing but watch his car be classified as a non-finisher.

"I just dropped a wheel off coming onto the front straight and it must have bottomed out over the rough on the grass and put a hole in the fuel tank," Canto said.

"I'd got a reasonable start in that last race and made a pit stop early on lap 10 because I was being held up far too much by Warren Luff's car and I was losing time.

"Then Lee made a mistake coming in too fast to the hairpin and I was the poor guy who he hit - he apologised straight away and I appreciate that he did that. But he better not do it again or he can fix my car himself!"

The GRM team will return to the race track in three weeks' time for round three of the V8 Supercars at Barbagallo Raceway in Western Australia.

-grm-

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Series Supercars
Drivers Dean Canto , Garry Rogers , Lee Holdsworth , Warren Luff
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport