ONE GARAGE, TWO CARS, THREE FAMILIES AT WPS BATHURST 12 HOUR Rising V8 Supercar driver Taz Douglas could be forgiven for feeling like the odd one out at this weekend's WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro with a real family bond in his pit ...
ONE GARAGE, TWO CARS, THREE FAMILIES AT WPS BATHURST 12 HOUR
Rising V8 Supercar driver Taz Douglas could be forgiven for feeling like the odd one out at this weekend's WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro with a real family bond in his pit garage.
Douglas' garage will be a true family affair, with a trio of McLeods, consisting of 1987 Bathurst 1000 winner Peter and his sons Ryan and Gerard, and a trio of Holdsworths, consisting of V8 Supercar driver Lee, his older sibling Brett and the pair's father Glenn, in a pair of Holden Astras for the once round the clock encounter.
It will be the first time that all three McLeods and Holdsworths have shared the driving duties in an endurance race and are looking forward to having Douglas as their 'adopted son and brother' for this weekend's Event.
"Motor racing is a real family sport and has provided us with a lot of great memories throughout the years and we're delighted to have Taz as part of our 'family' car this weekend," said Glenn Holdsworth.
"It is ironic that we are pitted in the same garage as another three family members competing alongside each other for the first time and it has really given us an appreciation of how much of a family sport motor racing can be.
"I believe that both entries are making history by being the first cars to be shared by a father and two sons at Mount Panorama."
After a successful ten-year stint in kart racing Lee Holdsworth graduated to the Commodore Cup ranks when he was 17 before moving into the V8 Supercar Championship Series full-time three years ago. However, this weekend will be the first time he has shared race duties with his older sibling.
"We first started racing because we both made a promise to 'Santa' when I was seven and Brett was eight. We had to promise that if we got go-karts we would never buy a motorbike as Mum and Dad thought four wheels was a safer option," said Holdsworth.
"We then raced karts for about ten years, both went onto Commodore Cup and I've been fortunate enough to get the opportunity to make a career out of something I love. This weekend, however, is all about fun and enjoying the ride with Dad and Brett along with a good bloke in Taz.
"I've raced a fair bit against Brett during our careers but this is the first time we have shared the driving duties in a race, so I'm really looking forward to the experience."
Douglas, who is making his first start at Mount Panorama, indicated that his main aim this weekend is to ensure he gains valuable knowledge around the challenging circuit and doesn't let the Holdsworth family pride down.
"It is a bit of a different feeling having three names that are the same on the side of the car and then there is mine but in the otherside of things it's pretty cool to be driving with the guys and I'm really looking forward to the weekend," said Douglas.
"Both Brett and Lee are very experienced competitors, and both have competed here before, so to be able to learn from this weekend is going to be a valuable experience.
"I'm pretty keen to bring the car back in one piece to ensure the families don't gang up on me over the weekend."
For the McLeod's this weekend is the culmination of many months of planning to ensure all three family members take to the circuit in the same car this weekend.
"To be running with the two boys in the car will be good -- I'm really excited about the weekend ahead and sharing the experience with my boys, just like I know Glen is" said Peter McLeod.
"I haven't driven competitively since around 1996, except for one race in 1999, but now I have a little RX7 sports sedan and have been doing some racing to get my licence back -- really its like riding a bike and I have done something like 2000 laps around the Mountain so I am not too worried about getting back into it.
"So with me getting back into it a bit and Gerard recently getting his racing licence, we figured that we have a very small window of opportunity to do something like this where we could all race together, obviously I would like to think I can keep doing this forever but reality will kick in at some stage and so it will be good to have a go at sharing the car between us."
Both family cars will take to the circuit for the first time during practice across the day prior to qualifying tomorrow afternoon and the WPS Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro beginning on Sunday morning 6:30am.