IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom showed strong speed on the high-speed ovals of Charlotte and Daytona in Round 7 of the BP Supercars All Stars ESeries.
The seventh night of ESeries was the first time the Supercars Championship virtually raced on an oval course, and the first time rolling starts were used in the All Stars ESeries. Race 21 ran the full oval track at Charlotte Motor Speedway while Races 22 and 23 utilised Daytona’s road course as used in the 24 Hours of Daytona sports car race.
Qualifying was impressive Winterbottom as he posted his best results yet in the ESeries to start Race 21 and 22 from 11th and 12th respectively.
Winterbottom held position and had a clean race to score his third top ten finish of the series. In Race 22 he was caught up in a concertina into Turn 1 with Fabian Coulthard, Bryce Fullwood, Lando Norris and team mate Scott Pye. Winterbottom crossed the line in 16th but was handed a 55 second penalty for his part in the incident.
Both drivers had strong comebacks in the final race as Winterbottom charged from 23rd to 13th.
The BP Supercars All Stars ESeries continues next Wednesday May 27 with Round 8 heading to iconic Formula 1 circuits Imola in San Marino and Interlagos in Brazil. Watch qualifying live from 6pm on Fox Sports 506 with racing commencing from 7pm. It can also be viewed live on 10 Play and the IRWIN Racing Facebook page.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB
“We were actually pretty quick this week and it was great to get a top-ten result on the wild oval race at Charlotte,” said Winterbottom.
“We didn’t have a lot of luck go our way in the second race of the night Daytona and copped a 55 second penalty when Fullwood spun, Coulthard hit him and I cleaned them up. I asked for an explanation on that because it put me at the back for the last race.
“We were definitely more competitive than we have been previously, I must be getting excited in the ESeries because the real life racing is coming back soon!”