IRWIN Racing’s Mark Winterbottom lasted a frustrating night of incidents in Round 5 of the BP Ultimate Supercars All Stars ESeries at the world famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
The fifth round of ESeries action saw the schedule brought back to three races and only held at the single track. Germany’s Nurburgring was originally scheduled to host a race but was later scratched to focus on Spa.
Winterbottom’s night at Spa was plagued by incidents. He went spinning early in Race 15 and finished back in 24th. Starting third for the reverse grid Race 16, he briefly held the lead before holding second to Super2 rookie wildcard Broc Feeney.
Winterbottom battled hard with Team 18 team mate Scott Pye after the pit stops but drama struck when he was tagged and turned around by Jake Kostecki at the Fagnes bend and pitted with damage to finish a lap down in 27th.
Winterbottom took matters into his own hands in the final races and gave it back to his opponents, but finished with damage back in 29th.
The BP Supercars All Stars ESeries returns next Wednesday May 13 with Round 6 heading back to the United States of America to race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Sebring in Florida. Watch it live from 7pm on Fox Sports, 10 Play and the IRWIN Racing Facebook page.
Mark Winterbottom, driver #18 Team 18 IRWIN Racing Holden Commodore ZB
“That was a tough night,” said Winterbottom
“I seem to be a bit of a magnet for crashing, I have magnetic panels and everyone is drawn to me!
“I got belted into in the first two races so in the last race I thought ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ and so I crashed into everyone else!
“I briefly lead the reverse grid race but ended up with the same result!
“I hope I’m only crashing in iRacing land and not when we can get back on track in the real world.”