DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye banked a solid points finish in 13th to open Team 18’s account at the OTR SuperSprint, as IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom finished 25th despite a power steering failure.
The day started strong for Winterbottom as he topped the opening practice session of the weekend and remained competitive in Practice 2. However the day turned sour in the second part of knockout qualifying, as Winterbottom failed to set a lap with a power steering failure.
The IRWIN Racing crew managed to get the car out for Race 9, as Winterbottom started the race with a significantly larger steering wheel to counteract the lack of power steering.
Winterbottom took the chequered flag in 25th and scored 20 championship points that could prove to be crucial in the business end of the season.
Pye started 12th for Race 9, with the DEWALT Racing team opting to start on wets alongside a large majority of the field.
Pye made his compulsory pit stop when the window opened on Lap 5 and emerged in 15th. He gained a spot late in the race with cars running off the circuit and took the chequered flag in 14th before he was promoted to 13th following a post-race time penalty incurred by another competitor.
The DEWALT Racing and IRWIN Racing Commodores will return to the track tomorrow morning for back-to-back qualifying at 9:10am before two 24-lap races in the afternoon.
Race 10 of the Repco Supercars Championship will kick off at 12:30pm local time, with the third and final race of the OTR SuperSprint starting at 3:40pm.
Viewers can catch the action live on Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Mark Winterbottom, Driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“We started with so much promise being quickest in first practice, very quick in Practice 2 but then we had a power steering failure in qualifying,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“We changed quite a few things but it’s one of the little pieces that connects to the engine that we couldn’t change.
“I did that whole race, 24 laps without power steering and it was hard work! These cars are not built to drive around without power steering, but we got through it and finished second last.
“We’ll fix it tonight as the guys have a bit of time to do it, and we’ll turn up ready to go again tomorrow.
“We survived and got some points so it’s not all bad, but definitely a day of what could have been.”