IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom completed a challenging weekend with tenth in the final race of the NTI Townsville SuperSprint.
For Winterbottom it was a more complicated outing on Sunday in Townsville.
Starting 14th for Race 20, he was one of the winners off the start as he made three positions on the first lap to 11th and settled into a rhythm, but fought with car balance after his pit stop and fell back to 17th.
The four-time race winner in Townsville emerged in 18th after a loose wheel resulted in a longer pit stop in Race 21, but found a further improvement in car pace and recovered strongly to salvage a top ten finish.
Following the first weekend of the Townsville double-header, Winterbottom dropped one spot to 8th in the championship standings as Team 18 fell one spot in a tight battle for sixth in the teams championship.
The IRWIN Racing Commodore and crew will remain in Townsville for next week’s Robson Civil Projects Townsville SuperSprint on September 5-6.
Following Sunday’s racing, Supercars confirmed that The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia will host a double-header in September, before the season finale of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship will take place at the Bathurst 1000 on October 18.
Mark Winterbottom, #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It wasn’t the greatest weekend for me with a couple of setbacks,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“We were going pretty well early on, but had to fight back to get tenth in the last race.”
“Our pace was a lot better today which was promising, so we will rebuild and come back stronger next weekend.”