Winterbottom wins Race 7 at Barbagallo

Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom

Orrcon Steel FPR's Mark Winterbottom at Barbagallo Raceway

Mark Winterbottom has scored his second successive V8 Supercars Championship race victory by taking out Race 7 at the Trading Post Perth Challenge.

The Orrcon Steel FPR driver showed strong pace on both compounds of tyre over the 50 laps, eventually leading home Jamie Whincup by 3.29s.

The pair chose opposing tyre strategies for the race, with Winterbottom starting on the hards and finishing on the softs

The race was run in largely dry conditions as threatening skies failed to deliver more than intermittent sprinkles.

Craig Lowndes, Lee Holdsworth, James Courtney, Tim Slade, Shane van Gisbergen, Michael Caruso, and Rick Kelly rounded out the top 10.

Winterbottom’s victory came despite a bizarre grid incident that saw the Orrcon Falcon’s left-front door damaged after being clipped by Garth Tander, necessitating hasty repairs.

The race proved to be a disaster for pole-sitter Tander, who was passed in the opening turns by the soft-tyre shod Jason Bright and Jamie Whincup, before being spun by David Reynolds at Turn 7.

Will Davison collided with the stranded Holden Racing Team Commodore in the resulting concertina – ending Tander’s race on the spot. Davison pitted for repairs and eventually finished 25th.

The Safety Car made two appearances during the opening six laps, with the second full-course yellow required after a touch from Dean Fiore saw James Moffat stranded in the Turn 6 sand trap.

Whincup and Winterbottom both found their way around away early leader Bright in the first sint, with the TeamVodafone Commodore gradually building a 4s lead before the Orrcon Falcon pitted on Lap 29.

Whincup pitted two laps later but emerged behind his rival after a slow stop, leaving Winterbottom to cruise home on the quicker rubber.

Third through seventh at the finish were filled by drivers on the hard-soft strategy, with Lowndes having slowly risen from his 16th place grid slot.

Van Gisbergen ran third heading into the final five laps before losing places to Lowndes, Holdsworth, Courtney and Slade while suffering from an apparent engine problem.

Caruso fared best of the drivers who stopped twice during the race. The strategy saw Caruso pit to switch from hards to softs under the early Safety Car, before returning to the hard tyre later in the race.

Fabian Coulthard ran in the top five during the first stint but eventually finished 15th after receiving a drive-through penalty for minor pitlane contact with Todd Kelly.

Steve Owen meanwhile joined Moffat and Tander on the retirements list after the left-rear corner of his VIP Petfoods Falcon began belching smoke midrace.

The results see Whincup retake the championship lead. Davison is now second, 51 points adrift, while Winterbottom is a further 109 points back in third.

See below for the Race 7 result

1 Orrcon Steel FPR Ford Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG 50 52:48.8024
2 TeamVodafone Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VE2 50 52:52.0885
3 TeamVodafone Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:10.0821
4 Irwin Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Falcon FG 50 53:10.4117
5 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:10.8610
6 Lucky 7 Racing Tim Slade Ford Falcon FG 50 53:11.0680
7 SP Tools Racing Shane Van Gisbergen Ford Falcon FG 50 53:11.4894
8 Fujitsu Racing GRM Michael Caruso Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:11.7320
9 Jack Daniel’s Racing Rick Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:12.2401
10 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:13.3372
11 Supercheap Auto Racing Russell Ingall Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:15.3752
12 Pepsi Max Crew Greg Murphy Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:15.8304
13 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG 50 53:16.8565
14 Tekno Autosports Jonathon Webb Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:19.1763
15 Lockwood Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:23.2299
16 Jim Beam Racing Dean Fiore Ford Falcon FG 50 53:23.3794
17 Fujitsu Racing GRM Alexandre Premat Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:25.0205
18 Tekno Autosports Michael Patrizi Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:26.5511
19 Jim Beam Racing Steven Johnson Ford Falcon FG 50 53:31.7148
20 Tony D’Alberto Racing Tony D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG 50 53:31.7522
21 Jack Daniel’s Racing Todd Kelly Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:32.9340
22 Wilson Security Racing David Wall Holden Commodore VE2 50 53:35.4451
23 Fair Dinkum Sheds Racing Karl Reindler Holden Commodore VE2 49 52:56.9076
24 Team iSelect Taz Douglas Holden Commodore VE2 49 52:58.4822
25 Trading Post FPR Ford Will Davison Ford Falcon FG 41 53:43.1700
DNF VIP Petfoods Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG 26 29:34.6758
DNF Team Norton DJR James Moffat Ford Falcon FG  7 12:52.7636
DNF Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VE2

See below for the updated championship points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Jamie Whincup 917
2 Will Davison 866
3 Mark Winterbottom 757
4 Craig Lowndes 643
5 Lee Holdsworth 635
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 613
7 Tim Slade 557
8 Fabian Coulthard 550
9 Garth Tander 524
10 Rick Kelly 509
11 Todd Kelly 457
12 Michael Caruso 414
13 Steven Johnson 410
14 Russell Ingall 384
15 James Courtney 380
16 Steve Owen 348
17 Dean Fiore 347
18 Tony D’Alberto 344
19 David Reynolds 340
20 Jason Bright 313
21 Michael Patrizi 310
22 Alexandre Premat 294
23 Jonathon Webb 276
24 Taz Douglas 262
25 David Wall 233
26 Karl Reindler 228
27 James Moffat 222
28 Greg Murphy 133
29 David Russell  42

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