IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom survived a night of carnage at Round 2 of the BP Supercars All Stars ESeries.
The second night of the ten-week season headed to the Formula 1 circuits of Silverstone in England and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.
Qualifying for both circuits were hampered by laps invalidated for exceeding track limits, with Winterbottom qualifying a best of 16th for Race 4 at Silverstone and 18th and 17th respectively for Races 6 and 7 at Catalunya.
Winterbottom failed to finish Race 4 after an opening lap incident, but started from pole position in the reverse grid Race 5 and lead the first six laps. He emerged after his pit stop in seventh for his personal best ESeries race finish.
Both Races 6 and 7 were marred by opening lap incidents with Winterbottom 17th and 15th.
Overall the one-lap speed from both drivers was comparative with the top ten in all races with glimpses of front running potential, but the IRWIN Racing driver remains focussed on keeping up his fitness and training and already preparing for a return to real racing in the Supercars Championship.
A new initiative announced yesterday by Supercars will see the overall round winner handed $1000 to donate to a charity of their choice. For Winterbottom he has selected the National Breast Cancer Foundation for which he has been involved with for many years.
The BP Supercars All Stars ESeries continues next Wednesday night with Round 3 to be held at Mount Panorama, live on Fox Sports, 10 Play, and the IRWIN Racing Facebook page.
Mark Winterbottom, driver Team 18 #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore
“It was a fun night but so frustrating at the same time being caught up in incidents on the first lap in these races,” said Mark Winterbottom
“Race 5 was fun where we had a clean race and it was good to hold our own with the front pack before we pitted and finished in 7th.
“I haven’t been able to put as much time into it as some of the other guys out there, and it takes a while to get used to the simulator and to be fast, but it’s something good to have for the fans and to keep the sport on TV during this time when we’re not able to race.”