Lee Holdsworth’s Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Karl Reindler will take over controls of the #18 Charlie Schwerkolt Racing Holden at the next two Australian Supercars Championship rounds in Townsville and Queensland Raceway, the team has announced.

Holdsworth suffered a hairline fracture to his pelvis and right knee ligament damage when his Preston Hire-backed entry slammed into the concrete barriers on the opening lap of last weekend’s main race at the Darwin Triple Crown.

Holdsworth was released from the Royal Darwin Hospital this week and returned home to Melbourne for further treatment, where he was additionally diagnosed with further fractures to his right knee and two ribs by doctors at the Freemasons Hospital.

Holdsworth will be confined to a wheelchair during his recuperation and while ruled out of the season’s upcoming Queensland-based races, he could also miss August’s round at Sydney Motorsport Park.

Stepping into the breach will be West Australian driver Reindler, a veteran of 92 top-level touring car starts. Reindler hasn’t raced solo in the V8 Supercars Championship since 2012 with Kelly Racing – his third and final full-time season in the category – but has since regularly featured as a co-driver in the Pirtek Enduro Cup leg of the championship, performing well alongside Tim Blanchard at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport last year.

Image via CS Racing

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