GRM signs Lee Holdsworth for 2006 Garry Rogers Motorsport will enter this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series with an all-new line-up following the signing of Lee Holdsworth to join Dean Canto in the team's Repco...
GRM signs Lee Holdsworth for 2006
Garry Rogers Motorsport will enter this year's V8 Supercar Championship Series with an all-new line-up following the signing of Lee Holdsworth to join Dean Canto in the team's Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodores.
Holdsworth, 23, is no stranger to the GRM squad, having driven for the team in last year's endurance events at Sandown and Bathurst as well as the Grand Finale at Phillip Island.
He made his V8 debut with a sixth-place finish in the 2004 Wakefield Park V8 Development Series round.
The Queenslander will also become the youngest driver in this year's V8 Supercar field, having turned 23 on February 2.
"It's been a pretty quick progression through the ranks," said Holdsworth, who began his career in the Commodore Cup.
"I've done a season and a half in the V8 Supercars and now I'm in the main series. It's all happened a lot quicker than I ever expected it to happen. Getting a drive in the main series is a big opportunity, one that I'm grabbing with both hands.
"I realise what I'm getting into is extremely difficult. But all I'm worried about at the moment is working as hard as I can and absorbing as much information I can. There's plenty of it around the workshop at GRM, that's for sure.
"It's important for me personally to improve through the 13 rounds of the championship and be consistent. The only way any of this will happen is for me to get my head down, backside up and get stuck into things.
"Doing the endurance events with GRM last year certainly makes it easier this year in terms of building relationships with the crew members, which is important."
Team owner Garry Rogers said he decided to sign Holdsworth after a lot of consideration and discussion with other parties in line for the drive.
"I spoke with other parties but I believe Lee has the ingredients needed to become a top-level driver in the category," said Rogers.
"I accept that it will require effort from both the team to give him the equipment and the opportunities to do the job, but also from young Lee to hold up his end of the bargain and drive the wheels off the car.
"Lee's still very young and has shown some promising signs.
"He'll be able to learn plenty from Dean and the rest of the team and putting that into practice will hold him in good steed."
Holdsworth will debut in the team's #33 Repco Valvoline Cummins Commodore at the season-opening Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on March 23-26.