The 2020 Supercars Championship officially roared back into life with the first practice session of the new season in the books at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom was the best of the expanded two-car team, finishing the 45 minute session in 14th place.

Winterbottom worked his way through a heavy program of adjustments to fine tune the handling of the IRWIN Racing Commodore ZB for the upcoming twin 250km races on Saturday and Sunday.

Two more practice sessions will be held tomorrow, with qualifying and races on Saturday and Sunday.

Round 1 – Superloop Adelaide 500, February 20-23

Practice 2: 2:05pm (30 minutes)
Practice 3: 6:00pm (30 minutes)

Qualifying, Race 1: 11:55am (25 minutes)
Top 10 Shootout: 12:30pm (30 minutes)
Race 1: 4:20pm (78 laps)

Qualifying, Race 2: 11:50pm (25 minutes)
Top 10 Shootout: 12:25pm (30 minutes)
Race 2: 3:20pm (78 laps)

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB

“Good to be back in the car and great to be back on the Adelaide street circuit,” said Mark Winterbottom.

“A few handling characteristics to fix but mechanically the car ran great.

“We’ll look at the data and try and tune the car up overnight and tomorrow’s going to be a big day with another two practice sessions to move further up the field.”

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