Winterbottom crushes Darwin Race 13

Mark Winterbottom at Hidden Valley Raceway today

Mark Winterbottom at Hidden Valley Raceway today

Mark Winterbottom has won the first race of the Skycity Triple Crown at Hidden Valley Raceway this afternoon.

The Orrcon Steel Ford Performance Racing Falcon FG won the start and led every lap of the race, bar the pit stop cycle.

It is Winterbottom’s first win in the V8 Supercars Championship Series since last year’s Gold Coast street race in October.

Winterbottom celebrated by jumping on the roof of his Orrcon Steel Falcon.

TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup finished second and applied some pressure to Winterbottom during certain points of the race, but couldn’t do enough to have a shot at passing him.

SP Tools Racing’s Shane van Gisbergen made good ground to take third place after qualifying seventh – his fifth podium result for the year.

Four place went to Team BOC’s Jason Richards. It was a good comeback by the Kiwi, who had earlier muffed his Top 10 shootout lap, dropping from provisional pole to 10th.  Richards’ result was helped by a great pit strategy by the Brad Jones Racing team who brought him in early, avoiding the mid-race dicing and setting some quick times once he got back out on the circuit.

Fifth was championship leader James Courtney (Jim Beam Racing) ahead of Tim Slade (Wilson Security Racing). The result is Slade’s best result in the V8 championship following his best qualifying result (third).

Rounding out the top 10 was Craig Lowndes (TeamVodafone), Paul Dumbrell (The Bottle-O Racing), Todd Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing) and Garth Tander (Toll HRT). Tander was running third in the opening stages but was compromised by an off-track excursion at turn one.

In the bad luck column was Will Davison, whose disastrous season continued when his brand-new Toll HRT Commodore stuck in third gear at the start of the race. A quick pit stop fixed the issue, but completed the race many laps down.

Qualifying for tomorrow’s 14th race of the V8 Supercars Championship Series kicks off 12pm, followed by the race at 2.35pm.

1 5 Mark Winterbottom 42
2 1 Jamie Whincup 42
3 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 42
4 8 Jason Richards 42
5 18 James Courtney 42
6 47 Tim Slade 42
7 888 Craig Lowndes 42
8 55 Paul Dumbrell 42
9 7 Todd Kelly 42
10 2 Garth Tander 42
11 39 Russell Ingall 42
12 14 Jason Bright 42
13 3 Tony D’Alberto 42
14 15 Rick Kelly 42
15 4 Alex Davison 42
16 51 Greg Murphy 42
17 34 Michael Caruso 42
18 17 Steven Johnson 42
19 11 Jason Bargwanna 42
20 12 Dean Fiore 42
21 10 Andrew Thompson 42
22 33 Lee Holdsworth 42
23 24 Fabian Coulthard 42
24 19 Jonathon Webb 42
25 16 Tony Ricciardello 41
26 30 Daniel Gaunt 41
DNF 21 Karl Reindler 29
DNF 6 Steven Richards 27
DNF 22 Will Davison 1

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