Winterbottom does it again in V8 Race 3

Winterbottom again set up his win by controlling the double-file rolling start

Winterbottom again set up his win by controlling the double-file rolling start

Mark Winterbottom and Prodrive closed on a clean sweep of the V8 Supercars races at Albert Park after taking out today’s third 12 lap heat.

For the third successive race, Winterbottom led team-mate Chaz Mostert to the chequered flag.

Mostert had to work a little harder on this occasion after Shane van Gisbergen squeezed his Holden into second on the opening corner.

It took the Ford less than two laps to retake the place, cutting down the inside of the Holden at Turn 13 on the second tour.

Mostert then quickly closed down Winterbottom’s two second advantage before sitting comfortably on his tail for the remainder.

“We’ve been trying to work the starts to our favour and when I saw Chaz in third I thought, ‘have I done something wrong with the start?’” Winterbottom said post-race.

“It’s great for the team to have a one-two today. Chaz could’ve got past then if he wasn’t so friendly with his team-mate, but we’re sharing results (data) which is good to see.”

McLaughlin's Volvo came to grief on the opening lap

McLaughlin’s Volvo came to grief on the opening lap

Third placed Van Gisbergen was a full 7.2s off the win at the flag, leading home fellow Holden drivers James Courtney, Tim Slade, Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander.

Rick Kelly, an impressive Nick Percat and Craig Lowndes completed the top 10.

Tyre strategy has been the talk of the V8 Supercars paddock during the weekend, with teams forced to spread just three sets across the four races.

While reluctant to give away their plans, differing tyre conditions appeared to contribute to some spirited racing on the opening lap.

Passes again proved few and far between at the front of the pack thereafter, with the top 10 stagnant from lap 3 to the chequered flag.

Further back, Fabian Coulthard dropped from 12th to 17th when an overtake from David Reynolds saw the Holden elbowed wide at Turn 14.

Team-mate Dale Wood failed to finish due to an oil leak, while mechanical troubles saw Scott McLaughlin pull his Volvo off the track on lap 1.

A fourth and final race for the weekend will take place from 1205 tomorrow.

The grid will be determined by the combined points from the opening three races.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 3, Albert Park

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:09.20
01:59.34
2
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:10.24
1:58.9634*
3
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
24:16.45
01:59.61
4
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
24:16.68
01:59.52
5
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
24:17.66
01:59.64
6
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
24:18.32
01:59.80
7
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
24:20.34
02:00.03
8
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
24:23.70
02:00.45
9
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
24:24.65
02:00.40
10
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
24:27.83
02:00.39
11
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
24:29.05
02:00.36
12
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
24:30.60
02:00.47
13
Nissan Mororsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
24:33.28
02:00.76
14
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
24:33.76
02:00.61
15
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
24:34.67
02:00.73
16
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
24:35.20
02:00.53
17
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
24:39.16
02:00.49
18
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
24:39.53
02:00.36
1 9
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Chris Pither
Volvo S60
24:42.08
02:00.30
20
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG
24:43.94
02:00.17
21
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
24:48.60
02:01.55
22
DJR Team Penske
Marcos Ambrose
Ford Falcon FG/X
25:27.72
02:04.32
23
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
25:49.41
02:01.24
DNF
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
24:58.04
02:01.48
DNF
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
02:17.40
02:17.40

MSS Security V8 Supercars Challenge points after Race 3

1
Mark Winterbottom
225
2
Chaz Mostert
207
3
Shane Van Gisbergen
188
4
James Courtney
184
5
Jamie Whincup
157
6
Tim Slade
151
7
Rick Kelly
141
8
Garth Tander
129
9
Fabian Coulthard
127
10
Craig Lowndes
120
11
James Moffat
105
12
Nick Percat
104
13
Jason Bright
104
14
Todd Kelly
96
15
Will Davison
89
16
David Reynolds
86
17
Lee Holdsworth
85
18
Andre Heimgartner
65
19
Michael Caruso
65
20
Chris Pither
64
21
Marcos Ambrose
62
22
Scott McLaughlin
48
23
Tim Blanchard
43
24
Ashley Walsh
34
25
Dale Wood
25

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