IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom enjoyed Team 18’s best day out of the season at Sydney Motorsport Park today in Races 8 and 9 of the Supercars Championship.

Winterbottom scored a trio of top-ten finishes this weekend and secured his and the team’s first top-five result of the season with fifth in Race 9.

The IRWIN Racing driver struggled for qualifying with the increased ambient temperature earlier in the day, but was confident in his race pace and tyre strategy to move forward in every race.

Winterbottom improved from 12th to eight in Race 8 and 11th to fifth in Race 9.

Both Winterbottom and team mate Scott Pye hailed the whole event a great success for Supercars, and lauded the race formats as exciting for drivers and equally challenging for teams.

Winterbottom particularly expressed his pleasure to see mixed results throughout the weekend with the smaller teams in the field able to fight for a result against the series heavyweights at the front of the field.

The IRWIN Racing Commodore will head back to the team’s Mount Waverley headquarters with confidence in their package and momentum in their performance before the next event of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Winton Motor Raceway on 18/19 July.

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“I’m really wrapt with the weekend with three top ten results,” said Winterbottom.

“P8 in the first race and fifth to finish off the weekend in the final.

“Qualifying speed wasn’t where it could have been but our race pace and tyre life was strong and we had a good car under me which made it all possible.

“The formats were really cool, different strategies and different winners really spiced up the weekend and I think it was a success.

“I think the sport needs different winners and I like the fact that we also had not much break between sessions, I loved it.”