Winterbottom races to Townsville win

Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

Mark Winterbottom's Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon

Mark Winterbottom has won a highly-entertaining final race at the Sucrogen Townsville 400.

The Orrcon Steel Ford Performance Racing driver led home championship leader James Courtney and Garth Tander, while it was a troublesome day for title contender Jamie Whincup, who suffered from rear brake problems in his TeamVodafone Commodore VE, finishing down in 23rd.

Winterbottom qualified sixth and snatched the lead during the first round of pit stops thanks to strategy, a speedy turn around by his team, plus slower stops by others. He held onto the lead until the end of the race.

The result has moved Winterbottom into third in the championship points.

After a controversial race yesterday, Courtney turned it around to take second place, extending his championship lead to 120 points.

The race went through a ‘smash spell’ on lap 42 when second-placed Tander understeered into the turn three wall, landing in the middle of the track. Courtney, following closely behind, baulked to avoid the stranded Commodore, only to be slammed into by Craig Lowndes, who had no where to go.

The incident ruled out front-row starter Lowndes, who was in line for a podium finish.

Fourth place went to Paul Dumbrell – one of his best-ever V8 Supercars race finish, who was one place ahead of Steve Richards, meaning Ford Performance Rcaing finished with all three of its cars in the top five.

Will Davison, Shane van Gisbergen, Jason Richards, Jonathon Webb and Jason Bargwanna rounded out the top 10.

Trading Post Racing’s Jason Bright was on song for fifth place with only a handful of laps to go before more engine dramas plagued him.

Lap two made two driver’s race very short when Rick Kelly (Jack Daniel’s Racing), Tony D’Alberto (Centaur Racing) and Russell Ingall (Supercheap Auto Racing) came together at turn two, causing Ingall’s car to launch over the back of D’Alberto’s Commodore, forcing them both out. Kelly was able to continue, eventually finishing 13th.

The V8 Supercars Championship Series now heads into its nine-week mid-season break. The next round of the series will be the L&H 500 at Phillip Island on September 10-12.

V8 Supercars Championship Series Race 16 results

 

1 5 Mark Winterbottom 71
2 18 James Courtney 71
3 2 Garth Tander 71
4 55 Paul Dumbrell 71
5 6 Steven Richards 71
6 22 Will Davison 71
7 9 Shane Van Gisbergen 71
8 8 Jason Richards 71
9 19 Jonathon Webb 71
10 11 Jason Bargwanna 71
11 34 Michael Caruso 71
12 47 Tim Slade 71
13 15 Rick Kelly 71
14 4 Alex Davison 71
15 33 Lee Holdsworth 71
16 30 Cameron McConville 71
17 51 Greg Murphy 71
18 14 Jason Bright 71
19 7 Todd Kelly 71
20 16 Tony Ricciardello 70
21 12 Dean Fiore 68
22 17 Steven Johnson 65
23 1 Jamie Whincup 58
DNF 24 Fabian Coulthard 70
DNF 888 Craig Lowndes 41
DNF 10 Andrew Thompson 25
DNF 3 Tony D’Alberto 1
DNF 39 Russell Ingall 1
DNF 21 Karl Reindler 1

V8 Championship Series points table after Race 16

1 James Courtney 1947
2 Jamie Whincup 1827
3 Mark Winterbottom 1623
4 Shane Van Gisbergen 1598
5 Garth Tander 1509
6 Craig Lowndes 1479
7 Lee Holdsworth 1398
8 Rick Kelly 1352
9 Michael Caruso 1259
10 Steven Johnson 1151
11 Paul Dumbrell 1131
12 Jason Richards 1098
13 Jonathon Webb 1011
14 Russell Ingall 971
15 Tim Slade 951
16 Will Davison 945
17 Todd Kelly 870
18 Tony D’Alberto 849
19 Jason Bright 845
20 Steven Richards 810
21 Alex Davison 738
22 Jason Bargwanna 702
23 Fabian Coulthard 645
24 Dean Fiore 593
25 Greg Murphy 567
26 Daniel Gaunt 539
27 Tony Ricciardello 522
28 Karl Reindler 402
29 Andrew Thompson 335
30 Cameron McConville 90
31 Paul Morris 26

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