IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye followed each other home in seventh and eighth place respectively in the opening 44-lap race at the Beaurepaires Tasmania SuperSprint.

After making it through the opening two stages of the unique split-qualifying format for Race 6, Pye scored his personal best qualifying effort of the year, starting from the third row of the grid in sixth for Race 6 of the championship, while Winterbottom started from eighth.

As the pit stop window opened on Lap 10, Both Team 18 cars ran longer than the initial stoppers, with the IRWIN Commodore coming in for its compulsory pit stop on Lap 20. Winterbottom emerged ahead of teammate Scott Pye in the pit stop window, to take the chequered flag in seventh spot.

Pye lost a position off the start, and dropped back behind Winterbottom after making his pit stop on Lap 29 to complete the race in eighth with a solid points haul.

The IRWIN Racing and DEWALT Racing Commodores return to Symmons Plains tomorrow for Races 7 and 8 of the Repco Supercars Championship.

QUOTES

Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore

“We experienced similar weaknesses in the car from qualifying to the race, but another top ten finish and a straight car is a solid day for the team,” said Mark Winterbottom

“We had a clean start to the race, a good pit stop, we ran around and finished about where our pace was.

“We have work to do to go quicker tomorrow but a positive start to the weekend overall.”