DEWALT Racing’s Scott Pye scored two top tens on Sunday while IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom endured his toughest weekend of the year at the OTR SuperSprint.
After a 13th place finish in Race 9 on Saturday, Pye climbed nine spots from 19th to 10th in Race 10, and improved again from 15th to ninth in the final race of the weekend.
Pye credited the DEWALT Racing team for unlocking more speed out of the #20 Commodore as the weekend progressed.
After repairing a power steering issue overnight, Winterbottom started strong out of the gate, qualifying 10th and 12th for the afternoon’s two 24-lappers.
Winterbottom slid through the opening lap chaos in Race 10, emerging seventh after the first lap before taking the chequered flag in ninth.
Winterbottom arrived on the grid for the final race of the weekend, surprised by team owner Charlie Schwerkolt who recognized his achievement as the first driver to reach his 500th consecutive race start.
However, his hopes of a strong finish were dashed on the second lap after contact from Andre Heimgartner spun the IRWIN Commodore at Turn 3, as he finished back in 18th position.
After results of 25th, 9th and 18th, Winterbottom maintains his sixth position in the Drivers Championship, while Pye has climbed two spots from 13th to 11th in the standings after a strong weekend at The Bend. Meanwhile, Team 18 maintains fifth position in the Teams Championship.
The IRWIN Racing and DEWALT Racing Commodores will next hit the track for a test day at Winton Motor Raceway on the 18th of May, before the next round of the Winton SuperSprint on 28-29 May.
Mark Winterbottom, Driver – #18 IRWIN Racing Holden ZB Commodore
“One of the toughest weekends I’ve had for a long time.
“Obviously yesterday was tough with the power steering failure and today getting hit and spun around in that last race. One top ten was good but not the results we were coming here for.
“We have a test day coming up before Winton which is crucial for us to unlock more speed, Scott had some good pace in that last race so we’ll look at what he did and look ahead to Winton.”