Winterbottom secures win as title rivals fail

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Sunday 14th November, 2010 - 2:38pm

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Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom leads The Bottle O Racing's Paul Dumbrell and Trading Post Racing's Jason Bright

Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom leads The Bottle O Racing's Paul Dumbrell and Trading Post Racing's Jason Bright

The V8 Supercars Championship Series battle remains in the balance as Mark Winterbottom won an entertaining V8 race at Symmons Plains Raceway today.

Winterbottom, the Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon driver, took his 14th championship  victory from team-mate Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing) and Jason Bright (Trading Post Racing).

Dumbrell’s podium result was his first in the category.

Title contenders James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing) and Jamie Whincup (TeamVodafone) both had eventful races.

Courtney was penalised for contact with Lee Holdsworth (Fujitsu/GRM), dropping him down the order. He was further hampered by damage to the rear of his car, but was able to finish 12th place.

For Whincup, he looked capable of taking a top five result until he was forced to pit late in the race for more fuel. The pit stop dropped him to 15th, opening the championship points gap to 50 points with four races of the season remaining.

Whincup’s team-mate and yesterday’s race winner Craig Lowndes had a shocker. His #888 TeamVodafone Commodore had a gearbox issue and failed to finish the race. The mechanical failure has made his bid for a fourth V8 crown very difficult.

Behind the podium finishes was Russell Ingall (Supercheap Auto Racing), Greg Murphy (Castrol EDGE Racing), Garth Tander (Toll HRT), Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Fabian Coulthard (Bundaberg Red Racing), Steven Richards (Dunlop Super Dealers FPR) and Holdsworth.

1 5 Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 01:25:58.9978
2 55 Paul Dumbrell Ford Falcon FG 01:25:59.7487
3 14 Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE 01:26:00.2869
4 39 Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE 01:26:02.2258
5 51 Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE 01:26:13.6502
6 2 Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE 01:26:14.5292
7 7 Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE 01:26:19.9126
8 24 Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE 01:26:21.0579
9 6 Steven Richards Ford Falcon FG 01:26:21.6164
10 33 Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VE 01:26:22.2802
11 9 Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 01:26:23.6163
12 18 James Courtney Ford Falcon FG 01:26:35.4807
13 17 Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 01:26:35.8549
14 21 Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE 01:26:36.0525
15 1 Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE 01:26:40.3109
16 19 Jonathon Webb Ford Falcon FG 01:26:40.9189
17 11 Jason Bargwanna Holden Commodore VE 01:26:00.8545
18 47 Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 01:26:01.2451
19 4 Alex Davison Ford Falcon FG 01:26:01.8795
20 34 Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE 01:26:26.6261
21 30 Warren Luff Holden Commodore VE 01:26:32.7628
22 8 Jason Richards Holden Commodore VE 01:26:38.8497
23 12 Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 01:26:10.4568
24 3 Tony D’Alberto Holden Commodore VE 01:26:11.9763
25 15 Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE 01:26:08.1971
DNF 16 Tony Ricciardello Holden Commodore VE 59:41.4959
DNF 22 Will Davison Holden Commodore VE 37:02.6647
DNF 888 Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE 43:21.5841
DNF 10 Andrew Thompson Holden Commodore VE 15:16.9958

V8 Supercars Championship Series table

1 James Courtney 0 2662
2 Jamie Whincup 0 2612
3 Mark Winterbottom 0 2462
4 Craig Lowndes 0 2405
5 Garth Tander 0 2328
6 Shane van Gisbergen 10 2178
7 Rick Kelly 20 1936
8 Lee Holdsworth 15 1919
9 Paul Dumbrell 0 1848
10 Michael Caruso 20 1835
11 Russell Ingall 10 1676
12 Steven Johnson 10 1589
13 Jason Richards 0 1547
14 Jonathon Webb 15 1525
15 Tim Slade 0 1442
16 Jason Bright 10 1408
17 Steve Richards 10 1291
18 Todd Kelly 0 1273
19 Greg Murphy 10 1249
20 Alex Davison 35 1179
21 Will Davison 0 1158
22 Tony D’Alberto 0 1094
23 Jason Bargwanna 15 986
24 Fabian Coulthard 0 980
25 Dean Fiore 10 851
26 Karl Reindler 0 766
27 Tony Ricciardello 0 740
28 Cameron McConville 0 669
29 Warren Luff 0 646
30 Steve Owen 0 623
31 Luke Youlden 0 578
32 Mark Skaife 0 560
33 Daniel Gaunt 10 539
34 Owen Kelly 0 501
35 Andrew Thompson 10 481
36 Jack Perkins 0 452
37 John McIntyre 0 442
38 Greg Ritter 10 387
39 Paul Morris 10 356
40 Andrew Jones 0 353
41 Dean Canto 0 309
42 David Russell 0 274
43 Matthew Halliday 0 269
44 Marcus Marshall 0 261
45 Dale Wood 0 253
46 James Moffat 0 251
47 David Besnard 0 233
48 David Wall 0 217
49 Allan Simonsen 0 204
50 David Reynolds 0 201
51 Mark Noske 0 182
52 Nathan Pretty 0 182
53 Geoff Emery 0 142
54 Marcus Zukanovic 0 142
55 Taz Douglas 0 140
56 Damian Assaillit 0 137
57 Ant Pedersen 0 137
58 David Brabham 0 132
59 Michael Patrizi 0 123
60 Tim Blanchard 0 122
61 Shane Price 0 116
62 Glenn Seton 0 113
63 Craig Baird 0 98
64 Ryan Briscoe 0 60
65 Nick Percat 0 53
66 Rod Salmon 0 0

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