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IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom has completed the first two of four qualifying sessions for the Beaurepaires Melbourne 400.

In a day plagued by red flags in both practice conditions, Winterbottom logged laps on both hard and soft compounds in practice with a tight turnaround ahead of the two back-to-back ten minute qualifying sessions for Races 3 and 4.

Winterbottom progressed well through practice and showed competitive top-ten pace in each sector. He narrowly qualified outside of the ten in 11th for Race 3, while he was set for a lap good enough for a top ten grid spot for Race 4 but ran wide on exit of Turn 14 in the final sector and crossed the line in 14th.

IRWIN Racing returns to the track for two more back-to-back qualifying sessions for Races 5 and 6 at 10:10am and 10:30am respectively, before Race 3 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship over 20 laps at 1:50pm.

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Mark Winterbottom – driver, #18 IRWIN Racing Commodore

“Overall we had a good car today but didn’t maximise it during qualifying,” said Mark Winterbottom.

“I should have ended up fifth or sixth but I made a mistake at Turn 14 and ran off the track before the final complex, but we have the speed to have been in the top ten.

“I’m a bit disappointed but we’ll come again tomorrow and rectify that and get up to where we should be.”