The OTR SuperSprint concluded with IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom returning to the top ten of the drivers standings with one race remaining in the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
Winterbottom started the day off well, qualifying seventh for Race 29 and 12th for Race 30. Precision was key around the shorter West layout of The Bend Motorsport Park, with 17 and 18 cars respectively posting a time in the 1:15 bracket in each session with track conditions continually evolving.
Winterbottom was on the wrong end of the first lap congestion in Race 29, losing a couple of spots on the opening lap and then pushed aside on Lap 5 when Todd Hazelwood and Rick Kelly made contact as the trio went three wide into Turn 1.
The IRWIN Commodore stopped with eight laps to go as Winterbottom made one spot after the safety car restart to place 12th.
In Race 30, Winterbottom rejoined the field in 16th after pitting on Lap 18. He was unable to make any ground on the cars in front and remained there to the chequered flag.
Following the OTR SuperSprint, Winterbottom improved to ninth in the drivers standings, while Team 18 sit eighth in the teams points with only 100 points separating five outfits from fourth to eighth position.
The stage is now set for the grand finale to the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The IRWIN Racing Commodore will next hit the track at the famous Mount Panorama circuit for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 from 15-18 October.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It was a tough weekend but we have plenty of positives to take away,” said Winterbottom.
“Our qualifying pace today was really good but the first laps were pretty chaotic and I seemed to end up on the wrong side of it each time.
“I found it very hard to pass, the aero wash when you’re following another car was really bad today so hopefully moving forward we can reduce that with the upcoming Gen 3 regulations.
“We are now ninth in the points which is great as I’m joined next by James Golding to chase the win at Bathurst.”