IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye had a mixed day on-track as the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint concluded at Symmons Plains.

Winterbottom narrowly escaped the opening lap chaos in Race 7, and circulated competitively to finish the opening race in seventh.

Pye likewise avoided the carnage in front of him, however the team encountered a radio issue early in the race, resorting to the letter board to communicate prior to his stop. Despite this, Pye pressed on with strong speed to secure a ninth-place finish to earn a dual top ten finish for the team for Race 7.

Both cars struggled for outright pace in the final race, as Winterbottom and Pye found themselves caught up in a number of battles in the mid-pack and without the clean air to move forwards.

With two sevenths and an eleventh place finish in the last race, Winterbottom dropped one position to sixth in the Drivers’ Standings, while Pye sits in 13th position, only nine points away from the top ten. In the Teams’ Championship, Team 18 dropped one position to fifth.

The IRWIN Racing and DEWALT Racing Commodores will now return to base, ahead of the next event of the Repco Supercars Championship at The OTR SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park on 8-9 May.

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Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“Unfortunately we had our worst result in the last race to finish the weekend with two sevenths and an eleventh,” said Mark Winterbottom.

“Overall we weren’t quick enough this weekend. We had high hopes on this weekend and we just didn’t get it right.

“I think our race pace is ok but with our qualifying position here at Symmons Plains, but once you get back in the pack it is hard work.

“The main thing is the cars got out unscathed, the cars are straight to go back to the base for the team to develop further and make it quicker for the next round at The Bend.

“In saying that, two top tens and just outside the ten on a bad day is something we’ll take moving forward.”