Motorsport: Holdsworth aiming for late August return

Lee Holdsworth during the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500. Photo / Getty Images
Lee Holdsworth during the V8 Supercars Clipsal 500. Photo / Getty Images

Holden driver Lee Holdsworth hopes to be back on track in time for the Supercars endurance season as he recovers from shocking injuries sustained in his horror Darwin smash.

Holdsworth said he knew he was in trouble as his car careered towards a concrete wall in a 56 g impact at Hidden Valley last Sunday, but the injury news has only got worse for the 33-year-old this week.

Initially diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, further scans have confirmed Holdsworth also has a fracture in his right knee and two fractured ribs.

Unable to weight bear, the Team 18 driver will have to spend the next six weeks in a wheelchair while he recovers from his injuries.

"I came in here on crutches and after further scans they found that I shouldn't be on that knee that I was using to support my weight," Holdsworth said.

"Now I'm in a wheelchair for the next six weeks, which is going to be fun.

"Fortunately I don't need surgery, so it's going to be a lot of being the laziest person in the world for the next six weeks to try and let the body do its thing.

"It doesn't change anything in terms of the total recovery time because the hip still takes the longest, which is 12 weeks maximum, everything should heal well before then which is good.

"It was a just really scary accident. I've had a few big ones over my career, but I've never been injured."

Holdsworth is now recovering in a Melbourne hospital after being transferred from Darwin on Tuesday night.

He said he was waiting to have his house assessed to ensure it was wheelchair accessible.

"My wife is (17 weeks) pregnant at the moment, so she can't go lifting me up, it could not have come at a worse time to be honest," Holdsworth said.

Holdsworth said he could recall the crash and its aftermath vividly.

"I knew before I hit that it was going to be a really violent hit," Holdsworth said.

"I remember hitting and feeling pain straight away shoot up through my whole body really, mostly the left side of my body.

"I came to a stop and I couldn't breathe and I was screaming and just couldn't get my breath back. I looked down to see what damage I had done to my own body and I could move all my limbs, but I knew something was going on because I had this excruciating pain in my left hand side in my hip and in my chest.

"I believe the G-force sensor that we have in the car recorded 56 g impact so it's huge.

"These things happen we all understand that the sport we are in is dangerous and has its risks."

Holdsworth will miss the next two Supercars races in Townsville and Ipswich, but is aiming for a return at Sydney Motorsport Park in late August ahead of the endurance season.

Team 18 co-driver Karl Reindler will jump into Holdsworth's seat while he recovers.

"There is questions over Sydney at the moment ... but one positive is that I would certainly be back for the whole enduro season," Holdsworth said.

"The positive thing for us is that (Reindler) gets a lot more miles before enduros so we might end up being a much stronger package for enduros.

"We were gaining consistency and starting to get somewhere in the championship and starting to move up the ladder. This is a major setback for us.

"I'll do everything I can to help that car development continue with Karl driving ... so that we're ready to step into a really strong package come Sandown."

- news.com.au

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