Holdsworth replaces van Gisbergen for COTF test

IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth

IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth

Lee Holdsworth will get his first laps of V8 Supercars’ Car of the Future prototype cars at the category’s brake test today.

The IRWIN Tools Racing driver will share seat time with TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup at Queensland Raceway. It will also be Whincup’s first test of the prototypes.

Holdsworth replaces Stone Brothers Racing team-mate Shane van Gisbergen, who was originally slated to squeeze into the prototypes for the test, but has been forced to withdraw due to an illness.

“It’s not good that Shane is sick, but it will be great to get a feel for the cars,” Holdsworth told Speedcafe.com.

“Not many people have been given the opportunity to drive these cars. It will be good to get a peek at what the future for our class holds, and also have the privilege to help out with the development of the car.”

Today’s test will mark the first on-track running of the COTF’s AP Racing-supplied brake package.

The new brakes will resemble an enlarged version of the current cast-iron set-up, making use of the greater space available within the 18-inch wheels.

Rick Kelly, Mark Winterbottom, Scott McLaughlin and Jack Perkins have completed the COTF testing duties thus far.

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