Bathurst 1000 2022 | Reigning Bathurst champ Lee Holdsworth’s farewell shootout plea

Reigning Bathurst 1000 champion Lee Holdsworth will be trying to keep his emotions in check as he rolls out of pit lane for his final top-10 shootout on Saturday afternoon.

Holdsworth will retire from full-time Supercars competition following the season-ending Adelaide 500 in December.

Holdsworth was a co-driver with Chaz Mostert last year when the pair won the race, where his stunning performance earned him a recall into the full time frame.

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In qualifying on Friday afternoon, Holdsworth produced a stunning lap to finish second.

Holdsworth told Wide World of Sports last week it was time to “put on his big boy shoes and go and get a real job”.

Despite another strong showing, Holdsworth remains convinced the time is right.

“It’s obviously pretty fun to be out the front, but I’ve made my call and I don’t want to dwindle away and just be running down the back and then retire,” he said.

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“I want to be competitive and step out at a good time, which I think is now.”

For those lucky enough to take part in it, taking part in the top-10 shootout is considered a career highlight – something not lost on Holdsworth.

“I don’t want to let the emotions get in the way but you know, it’s really cool to be here for my final year as a as a main driver, and getting the top 10 shootout … I’m going to lap it up.

“I’m gonna enjoy every moment of having the whole track to myself for one lap and put it all on the line.

“It would be great if it was dry so we could put a set of slicks on, but I think it’s going to be (wet) and if it is, we’ll all still be putting it all on the line for that one lap.

“It’ll be a memory that that I’ll take with me forever.”

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