IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom completed the tenth and final round of the BP Supercars All Stars ESeries at a regenerated Oran Park Raceway and the iconic Mount Panorama circuit at Bathurst.
A former staple on the Supercars calendar and a stomping ground for Winterbottom as a keen go-karter growing up in Western Sydney, Oran Park Raceway was cleverly laser-scanned before its demolition and transformation to a housing estate, and hosted the penultimate event of the All Stars ESeries before the finale at Bathurst. A seperate qualifying session was held for each race, with two compulsory pit stops bringing an extra challenge for the 27 lap Oran Park race and 14 lap finale at Bathurst.
Winterbottom’s final round of ESeries action was akin to most other Wednesday nights in the IRWIN Racing simulator, crashing out of the race before he could get even with his rivals. Frosty capped off his simulator racing career with a 28th at Oran Park and a DNF at the Mountain.
Winterbottom praised the success of the ESeries in filling a much needed competitive outlet before real racing returns. The IRWIN Racing driver visited the Team 18 workshop this week as planning commences for the return to racing in the second half of the year amid the easing of federal and state government restrictions in place to control the pandemic.
The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship returns to action on June 27-28 for three sprint races at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB
“The last night was another shocker for us, just getting caught up in too many incidents, thankfully we can hit the reset button and carry on in the simulator!” said Mark Winterbottom.
“The All Stars ESeries filled a gap of motorsport which we were all starving for but I’m desperate to get back in a real race car and hit the track again.
“The countdown has already begun for our return at Sydney Motorsport Park at the end of the month.
“I have been to the workshop this week and the cars are basically prepared and ready to go, but as a team we are planning on how we will adapt to the personnel and rule changes that will be in place for the first event in Sydney.
“I felt like we had good momentum going into the break and we were making some good progress as a team, so we have an opportunity here to continue that trend and get some solid results for IRWIN Racing and Team 18 when we hit the track again.”