Lee Holdsworth returns to a full-time drive in Supercars with Grove Racing in 2022.
Holdsworth will partner David Reynolds next season, in place of Brad Jones Racing-bound Andre Heimgartner in the two-car Ford team. Kelly Grove Racing morphs into Grove Racing with the sale of the team from the Kellys to the Groves entering the new year.
The 38-year-old Holdsworth has signed a one-year deal, following victory in the 2021 Repco Bathurst 1000 alongside Chaz Mostert at Walkinshaw Andretti United.
Holdsworth missed out on a full-time drive in 2021 with Tickford Racing downsizing to three cars, forcing the veteran into the co-driving role at Bathurst.
“I’m blown away by this opportunity and I can’t wait to get back full-time into the Supercars championship,” said Holdsworth.
“My full-time campaign was cut short at the end of 2020, and it certainly wasn’t the way I imagined bowing out from the sport.
“I’ve now got a great opportunity with Grove Racing to finish off my full-time career in Supercars while playing an important role in helping the team move forward for the future.
“Although sitting on the sidelines wasn’t much fun, winning the Bathurst 1000 made up for it.
“As soon as I got a phone call from Stephen about driving with them full-time in 2022, I knew it was a challenge I wanted to accept. I’ve got an important role to play in the team for next year, and I’m excited by that.
“Having the chance to partner David Reynolds, who I know is one of the fastest drivers in the field, and help build this new team up to be a future force in the championship is very exciting. You can see Grove Racing is leaving nothing on the table.”
Grove Racing will field one of the most experienced teams in 2022, with Bathurst-winning duo Holdsworth and Reynolds having entered a combined total of 800-plus Supercars races. The team will also welcome Bathurst-winning engineer David Cauchi as team principal.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Lee to Grove Racing for 2022,” said Grove Racing owner Stephen Grove.
“Lee has proven to be one of the fastest and most reliable drivers in the Supercars field over the years, and we feel he will be the perfect fit for our team.
“He did an incredible job as the co-driver to Chaz Mostert in the Bathurst 1000, and they both thoroughly deserved the victory at the Great Race.
“Lee is one of the most experienced drivers in the field, and at this point of our team’s development, and with the implementation of the Grove Junior Team, we wanted to have an experienced driver, a leader off the track and most importantly, someone we know will work with our team to drive forward.
“Lee ticks all of those boxes. His resume speaks for itself and we can’t wait to get into the Supercars championship with him and David Reynolds next year.”