Mark Winterbottom has finished P4 and P23 at the OTR SuperSprint for Round 10 of the Supercars Championship.
Race 21 – Position 4
IRWIN Racing was joined by co-driver Steve Richards in the additional Driver Practice session on Friday, where Richards was able to drive the #18 in the dry for the first time.
Winterbottom began Race 19 from P3 after advancing all the way through from Q1 to Q3 and was the highest placed Holden on the Grid.
Winterbottom began the Race on the second row but on the dirty side of the track and dropped one position into P4 on the race start.
One of the last to take his only stop of the 24-lap race, Winterbottom headed in for tyres and rejoined in P13, essentially P4 with 9 cars ahead yet to take their stops.
Winterbottom defended against a trail of 5 cars behind him for the second half of the Race to cross the line in P4, a result that equalled the team’s current highest result from Tasmania earlier this year.
As a result of the top 5 finish, Winterbottom advanced from 14th to 12th in the Supercars Championship Standings.
“Just got pipped off the start line but P4 is a great result for the team today, we’re so close to a podium and I’d love to give the guys one. We’ll go again tomorrow!”
Race 22 – Position 23
Winterbottom was unable to reach Q2 in Sunday’s morning Practice session after facing difficulties with a failed radio.
The IRWIN Driver again advanced from Q1 to Q3 to qualify P9, unable to complete final laps on fresh greens due to a lack of tyres.
On the Race start, Winterbottom was an innocent bystander in a clash between Waters and Slade and was sent off track on Turn 2, forced to rejoin at the back of the field in P26.
Winterbottom was able to make his way up to P23 by the end of the Race, a disappointing result for the driver after a strong showing on Saturday and promising starting position.
As a result of the P23 finish, Winterbottom has dropped back into 14th in the Supercars Championship Standings.
“It was all over by the 3rd corner today. I had a good start, outside for 2, inside for 3 and was in a good position. 2 other cars made contact, hit me and spat me sidewards off the track. It was game over – it’s a long race when that happens on the 1st lap. Disappointed but what can you do.”
IRWIN Racing will now prepare for the Auckland SuperSprint for Round 11 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 13 – 15 September with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 2738 points
- 2 – Chaz Mostert, Tickford Racing – 2165 points
- 3 – Fabian Coulthard, Shell V-Power Racing – 2152 points
- 4 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 2122 points
- 5 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1981 points
- 14 – Mark Winterbottom, IRWIN Racing – 1387 points