Brett Holdsworth will make his long awaited return to the Mount Panorama circuit after 13 years on the sidelines, when he lines up in the #99 Breeze Holiday Parks Chevrolet Camaro for Ashley Seward Motorsport.
The last time Holdsworth competed around Mount Panorama was the 2009 Bathurst 12 Hour, in which he competed for Paul Morris Motorsport with his brother Lee Holdsworth, his father Glenn Holdsworth and family friend Taz Douglas. That event lasted just 94 laps for the quartet after an early DNF in their distinctively pink Class I, Holden Astra.
Holdsworth has started the 2022 season with two consistent performances at Symmons Plains and Phillip Island, which has left him sixth in the standings and a comfortable 43 points from the lead. So far this year Holdsworth has championed the only Camaro body inside the top 10. The inclusion of Shane van Gisbergen, also in a Camaro, for this weekend’s round has subsequently given Holdsworth a benchmark to compete against.
“It’s been a long time since I competed at Bathurst, obviously I have been there as a spectator since then but never in the race car. I stepped away from racing for a while to concentrate on family and business. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to do a full season in 2022 and I couldn’t be more excited to race around the mountain again,” said Holdsworth.
“My main focus is honestly just going to be enjoying the experience and staying out of trouble, even if it does mean I am a little more conservative than usual. It’s the kind of place that can make or break your championship.
“Having Shane (van Gisbergen) competing this weekend is amazing for the category and I think it will showcase just how competitive this series is. He’ll be at the front without a doubt, hopefully he doesn’t blow everyone out of the water and we put on a show.
“With there not being another Camaro in the top 10, it’s been hard to determine if we are missing out somewhere compared to the Mustangs. We’ll be able to look at what his car is doing and check that mine is in the same ballpark. His car is actually the sister to mine, they both started out at Shaw Motorsports, so they should be pretty similar. I just hope Shawy hasn’t given SVG all the hot tips” Holdsworth concluded.
Holdsworth will be lining up in the Breeze Holiday Parks #99 with Trans Am Australia at the Bathurst 6 Hour, running from April 15-17.
Friday, April 15
Practice 1 – 8:15am (25mins)
Practice 2 – 1:30pm (25mins)
Qualifying – 3:40pm (20mins)
Saturday, April 16
Race 1 – 1:05pm
Race 2 – 3:30pm
Sunday, April 17
Race 3 – 9:20am