photo_n00264_s1 1000 [CUDA=medium] 1920x1200IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom battled through three hard-fought races in Round 3 of the BP Ultimate Supercars All Stars Series at Mount Panorama, Bathurst.

Supercars mixed up the race formats for this round including a top ten shootout to set the grid for Race 8, a staggered grid formation for each race, the reverse grid in Race 9 and the extended final race with two compulsory pit stops for four tyres.

Qualifying didn’t go to plan with Winterbottom missing the Top Ten Shootout and starting Race 8 from 20th. He made amends in the first race and showed strong speed to charge into the top ten and avoided other incidents to finish in eighth.

Winterbottom’s luck couldn’t continue for the rest of the night after being caught up in multiple incidents to finish in 18th and 27th in Races 9 and 10.

Round 4 of the BP Ultimate Supercars All Stars ESeries heads across the Pacific Ocean to North America for Round 4 at Montreal and Watkins Glen, next Wednesday April 29 from 6pm AEST, live on Fox Sports 506, Kayo Sports, 10 Play, Twitch and the Team 18 and IRWIN Racing Facebook pages.

Mark Winterbottom, #18 IRWIN Racing Team 18 Holden Commodore ZB

“It was by far the most realistic and fun track I’ve driven so far in iRacing and we had genuine top ten speed tonight,” said Winterbottom.

“Result-wise we had a good result with eighth in the first race, but it ruined my strategy as it put me towards the back for the reverse grid race.

“I made a good start in the second race and dodged a lot of the crashes but later got drilled in the back when I braked to miss someone else who had spun across the top of the mountain and got drilled from behind. We were on for another top ten there but finished back in 18th.

“In the last race we made it back into the top ten but got drilled and turned around at Forrest Elbow which put me out of the race with damage. I rejoined the race and got caught up again at Turn 2.

“We had genuine pace this round which was good and just tried to avoid damage but definitely made some progress tonight.”