Holdsworth Extends CCUP Lead With Historic Round Win
1/09/2009 at 12:01:50 AM:

Brett Holdsworth has extended his lead in the 2009 Commodore Cup to 34 points with one round remaining, thanks to his victory in the Southern Star Windows Oran Park Final Fling on the weekend.

After qualifying second, Holdsworth finished second in the opening 30-minute race and won the second race.

“It’s great to go into the next round with the championship lead and a few more points under my belt,” Holdsworth said. “It’s been a great season and I’m really enjoying the racing this year.

“I really want to win this championship. I’ve been trying for a few years, I’ve finished runner-up a couple of times, and I’m really happy to be in this position heading into the last round.”

Tony Bates finished second overall, but was ruing what could have been after taking victory in Race 1. In Race 2, Bates came into the pits before the compulsory pit-stop window opened, and had to make a second pit-stop. Even despite that setback, he still managed to claw his way back to third in the race.

“Everything went wrong in that second race, and it was really disappointing,” Bates said. “The car was really fast in Race 1 and I needed to make up some ground on Brett in the championship, but it wasn’t to be. Now I’m really relying on some bad luck for Brett in the last round if I want to win the championship.”

Nick Parker finished third for the weekend after struggling with car setup early on. By the last race, Parker’s Commodore was firing and he chased Holdsworth all the way to the chequered flag.

Josh Hughes and Chris Stevenson rounded out the top-five for the round, with Stevenson also scoring the Bendix Brakes Hard Charger Award for his efforts.

The hard luck story from the weekend was Scott Andrews. The 19-year-old surprised everyone when he qualified on pole in only his fourth Commodore Cup race meeting, and first visit to Oran Park. However, a panhard bar failure in Race 1 put Andrews to the back of the field for Race 2. He was making up positions when Ross McGregor blew an engine and spun at Turn 3. Andrews couldn’t see McGregor’s car due to the oil smoke, and T-Boned McGregor spectacularly.

“I’ve experienced the highs and lows of motorsport all in one weekend,” Andrews said. “But there are plenty of positives to come from the weekend, and grabbing pole was a big confidence-booster.”

The final round of the series is at Sandown, November 28-29.

Commodore Cup national series – top 10 pointscore (after 5 of 6 rounds):
1. Brett Holdsworth – 657 points
2. Tony Bates – 623 points
3. Nick Parker – 592 points
4. Ross McGregor – 515 points
5. Josh Hughes – 495 points
6. Adam Lloyd – 472 points
7. Phillip Menzel – 442 points
8. Jason Domaschenz – 425 points
9. Michael Tancredi – 397 points
10. Matt Chick – 380 points
 
 
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