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Grove Racing is pleased to confirm that Lee Holdsworth will drive for its Supercars Championship team in 2022.
After his sensational display at Mount Panorama two weeks ago which netted him his maiden win in the Repco Bathurst 1000, Holdsworth has signed a 12 month agreement with Grove Racing to drive alongside David Reynolds in the two-car Ford Mustang team.
The Grove’s strategically selected Holdsworth, who together with a continued partnership with Reynolds in the #26 Mustang, puts the team in the best possible position to launch into the new era.
Holdsworth’s recent success in The Great Race alongside Chaz Mostert was his 18th attempt at the Bathurst 1000, adding to his third place finish in the 2009 race alongside Michael Caruso.
Holdsworth, 38, will get his first drive of his Grove Racing Mustang at a test day at Winton in the new year.
On top of Grove Racing’s commitment to the Supercars Championship, the team will enter a car in the Dunlop Super2 Series for rising New Zealand star Matt Payne, who is the inaugural inductee into the Grove Junior Team – a program for aspiring stars to help fast track and harness their racing ambitions.
The opening round of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship will be held on the streets of Newcastle for the return of the Repco Newcastle 500 on March 4-6.
Lee Holdsworth-Driver, Grove Racing
“I’m blown away by this opportunity and I can’t wait to get back full-time into the Supercars Championship,” said Holdsworth.
“My full time campaign was cut short at the end of 2020 and it certainly wasn’t the way I imagined bowing out from the sport. I’ve now got a great opportunity with Grove Racing to finish off my full time career in Supercars while playing an important role in helping the team move forward for the future.
“Although sitting on the sidelines wasn’t much fun, winning the Bathurst 1000 made up for it! As soon as I got a phone call from Stephen about driving with them full-time in 2022, I knew it was a challenge I wanted to accept.
“I’ve got an important role to play in the team for next year, and I’m excited by that. Having the chance to partner David Reynolds, who I know is one of the fastest drivers in the field, and help build this new team up to be a future force in the championship is very exciting.
“You can see Grove Racing is leaving nothing on the table. They have good cars, some new engineering and management talent, and they are building up their young driver program too, so I’m looking forward to being a part of the whole program. Hopefully I can use some of my experience to help drive the team forward.
“What a great Christmas present! Now I’m just excited to drive the Grove Mustang for the first time early in the new year.”
Stephen Grove-Owner, Grove Racing
“It is a pleasure to welcome Lee to Grove Racing for 2022,” said Grove.
“Lee has proven to be one of the fastest and most reliable drivers in the Supercars field over the years, and we feel he will be the perfect fit for our team.
“He did an incredible job as the co-driver to Chaz Mostert in the Bathurst 1000, and they both thoroughly deserved the victory at The Great Race.
“Lee is one of the most experienced drivers in the field, and at this point of our team’s development, and with the implementation of the Grove Junior Team, we wanted to have an experienced driver, a leader off the track and most importantly, someone we know will work with our team to drive forward.
“Lee ticks all of those boxes. His resume speaks for itself and we can’t wait to get into the Supercars Championship with him and David Reynolds next year.”
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