Lee Holdsworth will continue as part of the Erebus Motorsport team’s driving line-up for the next two seasons after inking a new deal with the Queensland-based V8 Supercars Championship outfit.
The 31-year-old’s re-signing is a significant move for the team – which also has the services of Will Davison on a multi-year agreement – despite it not yet finalising renewed agreements with AMG and Mercedes-Benz Australia, or a major commercial sponsor.
After a tough maiden campaign with the team’s brand new E63 AMG racers last year, Holdsworth broke through to claim the team’s maiden race win at Winton in April.
“I’ve worked with the team for a long time and we’ve been through some tough times but now we’ve seen the light,” he said of his decision to remain with the team, which is owned by millionaire heiress Betty Klimenko.
“Seeing what our team can overcome and seeing the attitude of the people there throughout those times proves to me that we’ve got the right bunch of people to be a championship team.
“We’re still looking for consistency but I’m confident we’re going to find that. I’m looking at the big picture, not race-by-race, and I’ve got complete confidence in the direction the team is heading.”
Holdsworth’s decision to remain with the squad has been trumpeted by Erebus CEO Ryan Maddison, who was delighted to have both drivers locked away for the 2015 season and beyond.
“Successful teams in this category are built on the foundation of consistency with drivers, key staff and team members so it’s extremely pleasing to have both of our drivers committing to the team long-term,” he said.
“It was always going to take time to become familiar with the equipment last year but Lee has shown how much he has learned from that experience with his results on track this year.
“We’re really happy knowing that we have got two great drivers taking this team forward into the future.”
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