Mark Winterbottom had a rollercoaster day as he started and finished in fourth place in Race 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Hidden Valley.
It was a sensational day for the Melbourne-based team as team mate Scott Pye finished a place ahead in third, scoring DEWALT Racing’s maiden podium finish and Team 18’s equal best result since Alex Davison scored the team’s first podium finish at Phillip Island back in 2013.
Winterbottom started the race on soft tyres and made a good start, making his way swiftly to second before passing leader Scott McLaughlin.
An early safety car saw nearly the whole field pit, with Winterbottom leading the field into the lane, dropping to fifth place in the pit order shuffle.
Winterbottom switched to the hard tyres, and after a mixed restart, the IRWIN-supported Commodore driver eventually finished fourth, despite his helmet fan failing in the scorching Darwin heat.
The result moves Winterbottom up to sixth place in the championship.
Races 14 and 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will be held tomorrow at 1:20pm and 3:30pm respectively, live on Channel 10, Fox Sports 506 and Kayo Sports.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“Overall I’m happy and gutted at the same time, we had a good chance of winning that race but we have pretty good tyres to fight with tomorrow,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“We qualified fourth which was great to put ourselves in a really good position to go aggressive for this afternoon’s race.
“I started on the soft tyre, quickly moved into the lead and life was looking good before the safety car came out on Lap 5.
“I went into the pit lane first and emerged in fifth on hard tyres.
“I put on a good move on McLaughlin on the restart, but lost ground to the soft tyre runners after that and ended fourth.”