After being in and around the top-10 in the five practice sessions so far run this weekend, Lee Holdsworth was aiming to make it through to the Top-10 Shootout on Saturday.
IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth and Craig Baird will start Sunday's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 12th place on grid following today's qualifying session at Mount Panorama.
His initial run was positive sitting inside the top-5. However, as the session continued Holdsworth reported that the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 V8 Supercar from Erebus Motorsport was losing rear grip. Changes in the pits and new tyres couldn't solve the issue as Holdsworth sat 10th as the final cars crossed the line. Literally in the final 10 seconds two cars jumped to ninth and 10th, placing the IRWIN E63 in 12th.
Missing the Top-10 Shootout does allow the team to give 100% of its focus in the final one-hour practice on Saturday to setting the car up for the race. Holdsworth is confident that a few more changes will ensure the IRWIN AMG will be strong in the 161-lap race on Sunday.