Lee Holdsworth will drive with Stone Brothers Racing for three years, it was confirmed today.
Holdsworth will replace Alex Davison in the #4 SBR-prepared IRWIN Tools Falcon and will make his first race appearance in a Ford Falcon at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide in March.
The move has left Davison with no confirmed drive for 2012.
Holdsworth will become a team-mate to Shane van Gisbergen (#9 SP Tools Racing) and Tim Slade (#47 Lucky 7 Racing), leaving Garry Rogers Motorsport after six seasons.
The 28-year-old, originally from Queensland, is looking forward to heading ‘home.’
“First of all I have to thank Garry Rogers Motorsport for the past six years and Garry for giving me a serious shot at V8 Supercars,” said Holdsworth.
“There has been a lot of speculation about my career in recent months, but we have not been in a position to announce anything until now.
“SBR is a championship-winning team and I look forward to moving from Melbourne and being a part of the Queensland-based organisation in 2012.
“In the meantime, I look forward to getting the best results possible for GRM, Fujitsu and all of Garry’s sponsors.
“My goal is to finish higher than seventh in the championship and I can only achieve that by beating SBR and everyone else.”
SBR co-owner Ross Stone said the signing of Holdsworth was another significant point in his operation’s history, which includes championships with Marcos Ambrose (2003/04) and Russell Ingall (2005).
“The V8 Supercars Championship Series is the most competitive of its type in the world and you have to keep chasing what you think will give you an advantage over the opposition,” said Stone.
“The opportunity to sign Lee was presented to us, and Jimmy (Stone) and I thought he would be a great asset in 2012 and then into 2013 with the introduction of the Car of the Future.”
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Holdsworth is currently 10th in this year’s V8 Supercars Championship. Davison is eighth.