For the first time since February 2015, the Sydney driver will be on the Formula Vee grid, as the New South Wales series heads to Goulburn for a club round, as part of the first AASA NSW Championship meeting of 2016 at Wakefield Park.
The hit-out comes after four weeks of no racing for Holihan, who, as a result of the lack of race mileage, is just itching to get back behind the wheel.
He gets that chance through the team at JRA Racing, with their regular pilot James Horne sitting the weekend out.
The weekend off comes at a good time for the regular JRA racing driver, who had an absolute shocker of a weekend at the last round in Sydney, where he failed to finish Races 1 and 3, and was excluded from the second.
Horne will be hoping for better luck when he returns to the wheel at Sydney Motorsport Park in three weeks time, at the next round of the State Championship.
As for Holihan, this will be the fourth different car he has had the opportunity to race in 2016 – along with his Formula Ford commitments, he also drove a Suzuki Swift in the Bathurst 6 Hour – and he heads to Wakefield Park more mentally prepared for the challenge that is Formula Vee racing.
It’s a category that is, by reputation, tight and tense – the racing is close and fierce, with multiple drivers often fighting for the same piece of bitumen, and for Holihan, this weekend will be character building – a good opportunity to work on race craft, but also a chance to get some quality time behind the wheel of a car that he’s not overly familiar with… expect the eyes of his team to be on lap times this weekend, as Hooly gets better acquainted with the JRA Racing Formula Vee.
He’ll also get some insight and assistance from his team-mate, Daniel Stein.
Stein and Holihan are linked through the sponsorship they receive from the One Stop Battery Shop (Stein’s primary sponsor).
Stein is a front-runner in the category, and knows the ins and outs of Formula Vee race craft, and will no doubt be able to offer Holihan some tips throughout the weekend.
Standing in his way though, the man who’s been at the forefront of this category over the last three seasons, Dylan Thomas.
In the absence of 2015 champions, Ryan Reynolds and Michael Kinsella, it’s Thomas and Stein who’ll fight it out for victory in Round 3 of 7 in 2016.
Those drivers, along with Holihan, are 3 of the 15 drivers entered in Formula Vee this weekend, and they’ll enjoy no shortage of on-track action this weekend.
The hole in the schedule, left by the demise of Modern Sports Cars, has partly been filled by a Combined Tin Tops category, but with time to be filled, most categories will enjoy longer races than they usually do at a AASA sanctioned event this weekend.
All the action commences with Qualifying this morning, ahead of two races this afternoon, and another three on Mother’s Day.