IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom made the virtual trip to the Circuit of the Americas, the state-of-the-art Formula 1 circuit in Texas in what was a consistent night racing in the midfield in Round 6 of the BP Supercars All Stars ESeries.
The sixth round of Series championship action was the second race held in the United States following Round 3 at Watkins Glen. Florida’s Sebring Raceway was originally scheduled to host a race before organisers reverted to the single track round on the Circuit of the Americas’ shorter West Circuit as used when the Supercars Championship raced there in 2013, rather than the full Formula 1 layout.
The night included a top-ten shootout to set the grid for Race 18 but unfortunately Winterbottom missed out on that and started Race 18 in 19th position in the 31-car grid.
Overall the night featured less incidents than previous nights but Frost was still caught up in first lap incidents in Race 18 and the reverse grid Race 19.
Winterbottom had nothing to show for the first two races in 23rd and 22nd respectively, and started 22nd for the final race with points accrued from Races 18 and 19th. Winterbottom elected to run a longer stint compared to the rest of the field and climbed four spots by the end of the race to finish 18th.
Despite that, he enjoyed the night and had fun mixing it up with the series regulars and wildcards which included McLaren Formula 1 young gun Lando Norris and Australian Indycar champion Will Power.
The BP Supercars All Stars ESeries continues next Wednesday May 20 with Round 7 remaining in the United States to race on the road course of the famed Daytona International Speedway and the Charlotte Roval. Watch qualifying live from 6pm on Fox Sports 506 with racing commencing from 7pm. It can also be viewed live on 10 Play and the IRWIN Racing Facebook page.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB
“It was pretty cool to head back to Circuit of the Americas and to use the same layout which we raced on was awesome because most of us on the grid knew it from when we raced there in 2013,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“It brought back some memories of racing there in and I wish we went back there more times, it was one of the most enjoyable events we did.
“The first corner was always going to bring on some carnage, but I’ve embraced it, I’m not worried about being crashed anymore because it happens every week!
“Obviously we can’t travel at the moment but ESeries is as close as it gets.”