Lee Holdsworth will race an Alfa Romeo in the 2021 TCR Australia Series. Pic: Supplied

LEE Holdsworth has secured a full-time drive in the 2021 TCR Australia Series.

The popular Supercars veteran, who this week confirmed his departure from Tickford Racing, will race an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce as part of the two-car Ashley Seward Motorsport team.

“It’s brilliant to have my future tied up in TCR Australia with Ashley Seward Motorsport – it’s a really professional team running the Alfa Romeos,” Holdsworth said.

“TCR Australia is a great opportunity for me to continue motorsport in a professional manner. It’s great for sponsors having the Seven Network coverage all year, the cars look brilliant and you’ve got manufacturers involved.

“I’ve been following TCR Australia since it started and it has really close racing with some high-profile names. It’s becoming a well-recognised category and it’s a category that races all around the world.

“Expectations for the year are pretty high. Just coming out of Supercars, I’m at the top of my game and I expect to be running up the front, bringing home some trophies. From what I’ve seen from Ash Seward and his team, they’ve got all the goods for me to do the job.”

Holdsworth and team boss Ashley Seward. Pic: Supplied

Holdsworth joins 17-year-old Jay Hanson in the two-car ASM lineup, the latter having been scheduled to make his TCR Series debut in 2020 prior to the season’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s cool to be teamed up with Jay Hanson – he’s a young gun who’s been through other categories like Formula Ford and done some really good things,” Holdsworth added.

“He’s spent a lot of time in these cars, so I’m hoping I can learn from him but also teach him a bit as well.”

Hanson will race the car that Dylan O’Keeffe took to fourth place overall in the 2019 TCR Australia Series, while Holdsworth will pilot the car that James Allen debuted in the final round of that season at The Bend Motorsport Park.

The 2021 TCR Australia Series is scheduled to begin at Symmons Plains on January 24-26.

Will Dale is V8 Sleuth's Head of Content - Digital. He began his media career as a breakfast radio newsreader before joining SPEED TV Australia and FOX SPORTS Australia in 2012 as its Digital Editorial Lead - Motorsport, covering all forms of motorsport both in Australia and internationally. He became part of the V8 Sleuth team in 2018.