Mark Winterbottom has finished P9 and P22 at the Winton SuperSprint for Round 6 of the Supercars Championship.
Race 13 – Position 9
Winterbottom began Race 13 from Row 3 after advancing to Q3 to finish the 3-part Qualifying session in P6.
On the Race start, Winterbottom advanced to P5, where he would remain for the first half of the Race as cars behind took their stops.
Winterbottom took his stop and rejoined in P10, but struggled with a strange right-hand turn issue with the car.
Winterbottom crossed the line in P10, but a 15-second penalty to the next driver ahead advanced his result to P9 and he remained 11th in the Championship Standings.
“Really struggled around right-hander turns, not sure why hopefully we find a problem because it’s pretty strange to have a car that goes good one way but not another. All those struggles but we still finished P9, will dig deep tonight and sort it out!”- Mark Winterbottom
Race 14 – Position 22
On Sunday’s run at Winton, Winterbottom finished Practice 2 in P18, missing the fast lane for Q2 and forced to begin the Qualifying bracket in Q1.
Unfortunately, Winterbottom finished P7 in Q1 and as only the top five times advance to Q2, he began Race 14 from P17.
Winterbottom had a good start to the Race and advanced to P13, before taking his first stop and rejoining in P23.
Winterbottom tangled with De Silvestro on Turn 1 of Lap 20 and tore the right front tyre off its rim and was forced to head into pit lane for repairs.
Rejoining the Race in P25, Winterbottom was handed a 15-second penalty for the collision and struggled home to finish the Race in P22 with a bent steering arm.
Winterbottom remains 11th in the Supercars Championship Standings.
“Tough race on Sunday, didn’t have outright speed but had quite good tyre life in the Race. The lap I did before we pitted was quite competitive, I pitted and went back out, one car passed me and then made contact with DeSilvestro. Very surprised (at the 15-second penalty) I’ve never seen anyone get one for something like that. I couldn’t go anymore left and the steering was bent, had no radio communications so it was a long way home.”- Mark Winterbottom
IRWIN Racing will now prepare for the Darwin TripleCrown for Round 7 of the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, to be held on 14- 16 June with all races to be televised LIVE on Fox Sports.
SUPERCARS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 – Scott McLaughlin, Shell V-Power Racing – 1646 points
- 2 – Fabian Coulthard, Shell V-Power Racing – 1402 points
- 3 – Shane Van Gisbergen, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1231 points
- 4 – David Reynolds, Penrite Racing – 1220 points
- 5 – Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Holden Racing – 1168 points
- 11 – Mark Winterbottom, IRWIN Racing – 886 points