Holdsworth Victorious in Island Stoush
18/05/2009 at 11:35:07 PM:

Brett Holdsworth has taken out Round 2 of the Sentinel Fire Services Commodore Cup national series at the Phillip Island Shannons Nationals event, surviving a difficult first race before bouncing back with wins in the second and third races.

Holdsworth qualified on pole position but tangled with Michael Tancredi in the opening race, finishing ninth. Holdsworth took advantage of a front-row start in the reverse top-10 Race 2 and delivered a lights-to-flag victory, before brilliantly holding off a train of cars to win Race 3.

“It was a good start to the weekend with qualifying, but I just stuffed up in Race 1,” Holdsworth admitted. “In the end, I’m really happy to win the round, and to win it on that note in that last race was great. It was one of the best races I’ve had in Commodore Cup for a long time.”

Nick Parker finished second overall ahead of Michael Tancredi to retain his series lead, albeit reduced to just eight points thanks to Holdsworth’s round win.

“The weekend started off well, but then it was just hard work from there,” Parker said. “It’s good to hold onto the series lead.”

Tancredi finished third overall, but was unlucky not to win the round. He won the opening race after a thrilling battle with Parker, and charged from 10th to third in Race 2 to secure pole for Race 3. However, late mechanical problems dropped the defending champ down the order.

“We must have run over a black cat or something,” a dejected Tancredi said after the race. “I wanted to battle Holdsworth and Parker right to the end, but it didn’t happen.”

The most controversial occurrence of the weekend was after the second qualifying session, when the cars of Nick Parker, Adam Lloyd, Ross McGregor and Jeff Watters were found to be underweight. All four drivers were excluded from the session and relegated to the rear of the field.

Watters’s troubled run continued in Race 2, when the throttle jammed in his Automobility Commodore, causing him to rear-end Ross McGregor at Turn 4. The incident brought Watters’ weekend to an abrupt halt.

Commodore Cup national series – top 10 pointscore (after 2 of 6 rounds):
1. Nick Parker – 261 points
2. Brett Holdsworth – 253 points
3. Jason Domaschenz – 231 points
4. Tony Bates – 220 points
=5. Michael Tancredi – 214 points
=5. Josh Hughes – 214 points
7. Adam Lloyd – 207 points
8. Ross McGregor – 196 points
9. Chris Stevenson – 181 points
10. Matt Chick – 173 points
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