IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom scored a top ten in Race 23 and moved forward strongly in both races on Sunday at the Robson Civil Townsville SuperSprint.
Winterbottom showed small improvements in qualifying performance but could not reach a top ten starting spot, setting off from 19th and 15th for the day’s two races.
In Race 23, Winterbottom was fast early in the race and jumped up past Davison and Jones before settling into 15th when the pit stop cycle began on Lap 8. He continued until Lap 17 and rejoined the field in 19th just behind Coulthard. He battled hard with the Penske driver and passed him on Lap 24, and then got Davison again the following lap.
Frosty charged home late in the race, passing Kelly, Reynolds and Mostert to take the chequered flag in 10th, his best result of the Townsville double-header.
In Race 24, Winterbottom made his way past Jones and Fullwood early for 12th spot, before team mate Pye got in-front as the pit window opened.
Winterbottom rejoined in 12th when the field cleansed itself, before dropping a spot to Reynolds with three laps remaining to come home in 13th.
Winterbottom remained eighth in the championship, while Team 18 hung on for fifth in the teams points narrowly ahead of Walkinshaw Andretti United.
Winterbottom and The IRWIN Racing Commodore will now return to South-East Queensland at a temporary base at Ross Stone Racing on the Gold Coast, before heading to South Australia next week for the Repco SuperSprint at The Bend Motorsport Park on September 19-20.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“Not the best race for us, we still have a bit of work ahead of us,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“Both Triple Eight cars were quick, Scott Pye’s car was very quick and mine couldn’t match them so we have to work out why that is.
“We’ll strip the car between now and Tailem Bend but I know when we have the race pace to match those guys we will be in for some good results.”