IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom enjoyed another night of thrilling on-track action and entertainment in Round 4 of the BP Ultimate Supercars All Stars ESeries.
The fourth night of ESeries action saw the schedule extend to four races for the first time, with
a sprint race and reverse grid race held at both Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and New York’s Watkins Glen.
Qualifying at Montreal saw Winterbottom start Race 11 from 18th, while he would further back in 24th for Race 13 at Watkins Glen in a close session that saw a second splitting the top 24 Supercar drivers.
The night also saw the addition of an ‘expression session’ with a ten minute free-for-all for the drivers to show off their best drifts, burnouts and crashes before the racing commenced.
Winterbottom used this time to put his nine year old son Oliver behind the wheel to cut laps with the rest of the Supercars drivers and wildcards, which included NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi, and 2x V8 Supercar Champion and NASCAR race winner Marcos Ambrose.
For Winterbottom and IRWIN Racing it was another frustrating night of incidents. He was taken out in the first three races to finish 11th, 14th and 21st, however had a clean reverse grid at Watkins Glen to finish Race 14 in 8th.
The BP Supercars All Stars ESeries continues next Wednesday May 6 with Round 5 heading back to two iconic European circuits in Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps and Germany’s Nurburgring, live from 7pm on Fox Sports, 10 Play and the IRWIN Racing Facebook page.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 Team 18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB
“It was an entertaining but frustrating night again,” said Winterbottom.
“Tried to stay out of trouble but just kept being hit from behind, so it was frustrating to not have a result for the effort we put in for each race.
“My highlight of the night was getting Oliver to do the expression session, I seem to do an expression session in every race so it was only right to put him in and light it up! But it was cool to see him cut some laps and get some TV time.
“It was cool to race with Marcos Ambrose again, he’s a guy that I rate very highly and someone who helped me in my early days at Stone Brothers.”