Canto and Holdsworth endure a tough trip south to Tasmania The changeable weather conditions summed up Garry Rogers Motorsport's weekend at the Ferodo Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains on the weekend. Both the team's Commodores of...
Canto and Holdsworth endure a tough trip south to Tasmania
The changeable weather conditions summed up Garry Rogers Motorsport's weekend at the Ferodo Tasmania Challenge at Symmons Plains on the weekend.
Both the team's Commodores of Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth found themselves in a range of dramas over the weekend, with Canto managing to salvage a 14th-place for the round from the event.
Things began with Canto qualifying the #34 Repco Valvoline Cummins Holden in 19th spot on the grid with team-mate Holdsworth (making his first-ever start on the 2.4-kilometre circuit) in 24th.
With fine conditions for Saturday's opening race, a multi-car accident on the run to the hairpin on lap one eliminated a handful of cars.
Both GRM Commodores came through the dust cloud, with Canto 17th and Holdsworth 20th.
By lap 23 of 42, Canto had moved his way into the top 10, where he would stay until the end of the race in 10th spot, with Holdsworth slipping back to 22nd.
Canto was on target for another strong top 10 run in the second race held on Sunday, which featured changeable conditions as drivers started on wet weather tyres and changed to slicks mid-race.
He made contact with Cameron McConville's PWR Commodore, spinning the former GRM driver and continued, albeit delayed. Later on lap 38 he survived a wild ride across the start finish line when the #34 car spun and smashed a range of foam trackside signage to smithereens!
While he crossed the line 19th, stewards handed Canto an extra 25-second time penalty for the incident, which dropped him to 20th, four spots in front of Holdsworth, who had been spun off into a sand trap after contact from Jason Richards.
The final 58-lap race was similar to the one prior, with damp conditions replaced mid-race by a drying track. Canto would finish 17th with Holdsworth 22nd.
The team now heads to Bahrain for the Desert 400, the penultimate round of the series and inaugural trip of the V8 Supercar category to the Middle East.
The GRM Commodores will be air-freighted along with the rest of the field, beginning to depart from Avalon Airport near Geelong on Friday night.