IRWIN's Holdsworth ready for Tasmania 365

IRWIN Racing cross Bass Strait for split race format at Symmons Plains

'Gentlemen - that's halftime' is not a call you usually associate with motor racing, but that will be the case this weekend as IRWIN Racing compete at the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365 at Symmons Plains outside Launceston.

Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing
Lee Holdsworth, Irwin Racing

Photo by: John Maricic

Saturday's race action will be a split 60/60 format. A race totalling 120km, but split into two sprint races with a brief half-time period. To make the action even more intense, the first half will begin with the traditional standing-start, while the second half will get underway with a rolling double-file start procedure.

On Sunday there will be a further two individual races totalling 100km each. All racing over the weekend will be run on the softer Dunlop race tyre.

IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth comes into the event with the aim of further improving the Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 V8 Supercar. The Erebus Motorsport machine will be making just its third race weekend outing as the team continues its steep development curve.

The Tasmanian circuit is short (2.4km) and lap times are in the 52-second bracket. The track has two unique features, both the slowest corner in the series and one of the fastest. The field will be spread by around a second in the qualifying sessions.

After hot weather at the opening championship round on the streets of Adelaide, the trip across Bass Strait is expected to see Holdsworth and the IRWIN crew face far fresher temperatures on the Apple Isle.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Lee Holdsworth
Teams Erebus Motorsport
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Tags holdsworth, irwin racing, mercedes-benz amg, symmons plains, tasmaina, v8supercars