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Ex-Holdsworth Commodore Cup car makes comeback

A FORMER Commodore Cup beast raced by Lee Holdsworth will be among the cars in action this weekend at Winton.

The #333 Holden which Brendan Avard will enter in Improved Production at the Victorian State Race Series round once upon a time had four-time Supercars race winner Holdsworth behind the wheel.

Holdsworth, now Chaz Mostert’s co-driver at Walkinshaw Andretti United, started out as a teenager in the Commodore Cup National Series.

Driving a VH Commodore, he placed fifth overall in the 2002 standings and third in 2003 before graduating to Super2 (then known as the Konica Series).

Holdsworth’s brother Brett won the 2009 Commodore Cup title in a VS model.

The following year Lee and Brett teamed up in that VS to win the Ashley Cooper Memorial Trophy at Winton; adding to the history of the car that is now Avard’s #333, which last raced in 2015.

Other categories this weekend at Winton include Sports Sedans, Saloon Cars, Porsche 944, BMW E30, Formula Vee, Formula Ford, and Hyundai Excels.

The Excel field includes some notable names such as Tabitha Ambrose (daughter of Marcos), Jett Blumeris (grandson of Jim Richards), and Brad Jones Racing co-driver Jaylyn Robotham.

Track action will be streamed via Blend Line TV from 12:25pm Saturday and 8:55am Sunday.

Elsewhere in Victoria, the AASA will this weekend begin its claim to the Australian Drivers’ Championship moniker at Calder Park using Hyper Racer X1 cars.

Lee Holdsworth during the 2003 Commodore Cup round at Phillip Island. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith
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