Albert Park: GRM Sunday report

Canto moves through pack as Holdsworth hits problems at Grand Prix Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth have had varied luck in the weekend's V8 Supercar events at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park. While...

Canto moves through pack as Holdsworth hits problems at Grand Prix

Garry Rogers Motorsport drivers Dean Canto and Lee Holdsworth have had varied luck in the weekend's V8 Supercar events at the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

While Canto showed strong speed and moved back through the field after being the innocent victim of a multi-car collision, Holdsworth's #33 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore was severely damaged in the same accident in Saturday's second race.

The GRM team had already stripped the car on Saturday evening at their workshop before returning to the track today to run Canto's #34 machine.

Canto, the two-time V8 Development Series champion, qualified 22nd on Thursday, finished 17th in race 1, 15th in race 2 and 13th in today's final race.

"We had the chance to test a few things this weekend, but we had braking issues all weekend and it's something we need to work on," Canto said.

"Our pace was good - in Saturday's race we had the sixth fastest lap time and we worked our way through from the back of the field to take 15th spot.

"I was the innocent victim in the crash on Saturday. It pushed a guard onto the tyre so I had to pit. That put us behind but we were flying back through."

Holdsworth, who had qualified 24th on debut at Albert Park, finished 23rd in race 1 on Friday and had been running 16th on Saturday before contact put him into the concrete wall.

"I was exiting turn 13 and got a tap from Andy Jones," Holdsworth said.

"It speared me into the wall and I bounced back into the oncoming traffic. Poor Rick Kelly had nowhere to go and hit me. I'd say the car needs two new front chassis rails and will be all-new from the windscreen forward for Pukekohe."

GRM now head to New Zealand for the next championship round in three weeks.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Rick Kelly , Dean Canto , Garry Rogers , Lee Holdsworth , Andy Jones
Teams Garry Rogers Motorsport