Supercars veteran Lee Holdsworth eyeing first Bathurst 1000 crown

Supercars veteran Lee Holdsworth is excited by what he describes as his best chance to win the Bathurst 1000, after topping Thursday’s second practice session.

After stepping away from full-time driving this year, Holdsworth is partnered with Chaz Mostert in their Holden Commodore for his 18th attempt to win at Mount Panorama.

Holdsworth clocked the fastest lap time of 2 minutes 5.2258 seconds in the second session, which was exclusively for co-drivers.

Mostert (2:05.1075) was second fastest in the opening practice session for lead drivers.

Holdsworth’s best finish in the Bathurst 1000 was third, back in 2009, with Michael Caruso.

He performed strongly in last year’s 161-lap race, but with 2014 winner Mostert in the main seat the pair are shaping as contenders.

“It’s exciting because this is probably my best chance yet to get up the top and get some glory around here,” Holdsworth said.

“It’s been a long week, we’ve been here since Saturday so you don’t want to exert yourself too early.

Last year’s Bathurst 1000 runner-up Cameron Waters enjoyed solid support from co-driver James Moffat on Thursday.

Waters claimed pole last year, but finished behind Holden pair Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander in the race.

Ford driver Waters (2:05.0233) completed an impressive first-up drive to edge out Mostert in Thursday’s opening practice session.

Moffat then backed Waters’s earlier efforts by finishing second in the co-driver practice session with a time of 2:05.6033.

Holden’s Jamie Whincup — who is again paired up with fellow great Craig Lowndes — placed 11th (2:05.5834) in the opening practice session in his final event as a full-time driver.

Lowndes (2:06.1647) briefly had the quickest time in the co-driver session, but ended up sixth.

There will be two more practice sessions on Friday, before Saturday’s top-10 shootout.


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