Mark Winterbottom capped off a breakthrough weekend for Team 18 with a seventh place finish for IRWIN Racing in Race 15 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and sixth overall at the Darwin Triple Crown.
Winterbottom started 11th and was the last of the field to make their pit stop, leading 20 laps before stopping on Lap 26.
The IRWIN Commodore emerged eighth after the stop and Winterbottom used his extra grip advantage to catch and pass Jack Le Brocq for seventh at Turn 5.
Qualifying earlier in the day was compromised with traffic issues as Winterbottom set a time on used softs from the first stint of Race 13 on Saturday, starting ninth and dropping back to 11th in Race 14.
A strong overall performance saw Winterbottom complete the Darwin Triple Crown sixth overall, maintaining his sixth place in the championship driver standings after 15 races counted.
The IRWIN Racing team will return to Hidden Valley in six days time for the CoreStaff Darwin Supersprint on August 22-23.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“It was an interesting day but I’m pretty happy with how we progressed,” said Mark Winterbottom.
“Our qualifying car was reasonably good, we used softs all day as they could go the distance.
“The highlight was the last race as I started 14th, went as long as we could and moved up to seventh as a result.
“We finished sixth overall for the Triple Crown, moved up to seventh in the points and we’re getting better each time we hit the track.
“We will regroup and plan to translate what we have learnt this weekend into next weekend’s setup.
“We were close for the win yesterday and I’m pumped to come back in six days time and go for it again.”