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Winterbottom hands FG X first V8 Supercars win

Friday 13th March, 2015 - 3:02pm

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Mostert chases leader Winterbottom (not pictured) out of the Turn 1/2 chicane

Mostert chases leader Winterbottom (not pictured) out of the Turn 1/2 chicane

Mark Winterbottom capitalised on pole position to record a maiden win for Ford’s FG X Falcon V8 Supercar in Race 1 at Albert Park.

Winterbottom beat fellow front-row starter and team-mate Chaz Mostert to the first corner on the double-file rolling restart.

A multi-car accident on the opening laps brought the Safety Car out for three circuits, before Winterbottom controlled the restart and the remainder of the 12 lap affair.

The result marked Winterbottom’s first victory since June last year, where he triumphed at Hidden Valley.

Mostert took the flag two seconds adrift with Clipsal 500 winner James Courtney completing the top three.

Winterbottom led Mostert to victory in Race 1

Winterbottom led Mostert to victory in Race 1

Shane van Gisbergen overtook David Reynolds for fourth shortly after the restart, with minor contact at Turn 6 shuffling the Ford down the order, eventually finishing 19th.

Fabian Coulthard trailed Van Gisbergen home in fifth ahead of Jamie Whincup, Tim Slade, Rick Kelly, Craig Lowndes and Garth Tander in a largely uneventful race.

The single Safety Car had been required on the opening lap to retrieve the stranded Mercedes of Ash Walsh.

Walsh had been involved in a multi-car fracas on the run to Turn 6 that also saw the cars of Marcos Ambrose and Tim Blanchard spinning down the road.

Blanchard drove his crumpled Holden back to its garage while Ambrose continued at the back of the field, sporting cosmetic damage on the way to 23rd.

Also down the order was Scott McLaughlin, who finished 17th after dropping back to last when he was shuffled wide at Turn 3 on the opening lap.

The second of four V8 Supercars races will get underway at 1820 local time, with the grid set on the result of Race 1.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 1, Albert Park

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
27:39.15
1:59.0121*
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
27:40.89
01:59.06
3
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
27:44.37
01:59.03
4
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
27:47.83
01:59.07
5
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
27:47.95
01:59.49
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
27:48.95
01:59.74
7
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
27:50.31
01:59.95
8
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
27:52.86
02:00.17
9
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
27:53.42
02:00.24
10
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
27:53.94
02:00.25
11
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
27:54.86
02:00.27
12
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
27:55.33
02:00.12
13
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
27:55.80
02:00.27
14
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
27:56.82
02:00.21
15
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
27:57.52
02:00.31
16
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
27:58.00
02:00.31
17
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
27:58.97
02:00.16
18
Team GB Galvanizing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
27:59.59
02:00.45
19
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
28:00.16
02:00.53
20
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
28:07.89
02:00.55
21
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Chris Pither
Volvo S60
28:10.72
02:01.80
22
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
28:12.48
02:00.83
23
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
28:22.28
02:01.74
DNF
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
DNF
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF

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