V8 Supercar frontrunner Lee Holdsworth has revealed that he has no motivation to race hard in this weekend's Sprint Gas Manufacturers' Challenge supporting the Formula One grand prix in Melbourne, citing the lack of a points reward in any of the three races.
The Garry Rogers Motorsport driver is, along with all of his rivals, obliged to attend the Albert Park event, but joined GRM team-mate Michael Caruso in pitting at the end of the warm-up lap in each of the first two races in order to avoid being caught up in a potential first lap accident. The pair finished 25th and 26th in each race, and will likely bring up the rear in Sunday's third and final instalment.
“We don't want to get in any dramas this weekend," Holdsworth admitted to the official V8 Supercar website, "It's a non-championship round, so there's no point going out there and belting your car up. We've got a few things to try, like everyone else is probably doing this weekend, but we just want to stay out of trouble.”
Holdsworth insisted that the decision to start from the pit-lane also meant that neither GRM car affected any other driver's chances as Holden and Ford go head-to-head in the unique Challenge event. Caruso is already running the GRM team's spare car after his usual race mount suffered major damage following a clash with Greg Murphy at last weekend's Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.
“I think, if we're going to bother turning up, there should be points otherwise you are going to get guys out there who don't really want to race because the budgets are a bit tighter this year,” Holdsworth continued, “There's just no point putting your car in danger of coming home all smashed up and the guys having to spend another two weeks in the workshop putting it back together.
"It's just hard to be enthusiastic about this weekend - what's the incentive? If there were points, then we would be having a go.”