Caruso and Holdsworth Names Reunite at Ash Seward Motorsport in Tasmania

Michael Caruso and Brett Holdsworth will be teammates at Ashley Seward Motorsport in 2022 as the pair compete in Supercheap Auto TCR Australia and Turtle Wax Trans Am, respectively.

The Caruso and Holdsworth pairing is a famous one thanks to Brett’s brother Lee, who was Caruso’s team-mate in the Supercars Championship for four years and secured a Bathurst 1000 podium with him in 2009.

Caruso recently signed with ASM for the 2022 TCR Australia season with the backing of AutoGlym, a major car care product supplier. He ended the 2021 season with four podiums in the final five races, including a win at Sydney Motorsport Park. Despite switching teams, Caruso will continue to drive an Alfa Romeo, leading to belief that he can continue his podium streak in Tasmania.

“It’s a new environment for me working with ASM and with my new commercial partners as well, AutoGlym, Timken and Robson Civil Projects,” said Caruso.

“Given my form at the back-end of last year, I believe I can start the year in a strong position. ASM is a big change up from where I was last year, it’s a smaller team where the focus will be on my car, which I see as an advantage.

“It goes without saying we want to start the year in the best possible fashion. If you want to be title contenders you can’t afford a bad round, you really need to put together the full seven rounds.”

Holdsworth has proved himself to be a front runner in Trans Am competition, despite the limited running he has had so far in the series due to COVID interruptions. Holdsworth has secured three podiums from the four rounds he has contested, and he is full of confidence returning to a track he has been successful at in the past.

“Last year at Symmons Plains we qualified fourth and had top three pace all weekend until the brakes let go in the final race and I ended up 300 metres deep in the kitty litter,” said Holdsworth.

“I have a better understanding of the car now and being with the ASM crew gives me plenty of confidence as they know how to set up a fast car.

“In previous years I didn’t do too much testing, so I feel much better prepared heading into this season. I should definitely be quicker this year, but so will everyone else.

“I tested with the ASM crew at Winton a couple of weeks ago and that was a really fruitful day, I’ve definitely made some gains in my understanding of the car. Hopefully it translates to the track,” concluded Holdsworth.

Round one for both Supercheap Auto TCR Australia and Turtle Wax Trans Am will be contested at Race Tasmania from February 11-13.

TCR Weekend Schedule
Friday, February 11:

11:10am – Practice 1 (30 mins)
1:35pm – Practice 2 (30 mins)
Saturday, February 12:
2:20pm – Qualifying Part 1 (15 mins)
2:40pm – Qualifying Part 2 (10 mins)
4:20pm – Race 1
Sunday, February 13:
2:25pm – Race 2
4:20pm – Race 3

Trans Am Weekend Schedule
Friday, February 11:

10:45am – Practice 1 (20 mins)
2:45pm – Practice 2 (20 mins)
Saturday, February 12:
1:45pm – Qualifying (20 mins)
3:40pm – Race 1
Sunday, February 13:
1:15pm – Race 2
3:05pm – Race 3