Winterbottom takes points lead with second win

Mark Winterbottom celebrates victory

Mark Winterbottom celebrates victory

Mark Winterbottom moved into the lead of the V8 Supercars Championship with back-to-back race victories on Saturday at Barbagallo.

The Pepsi Max Ford driver again made the best of the start before pulling away from Jamie Whincup to lead every one of the 25 laps.

Whincup struggled for pace throughout but still managed to hold off Fabian Coulthard, Chaz Mostert and Craig Lowndes to secure second.

Winterbottom now leads Whincup in the championship by a single point after eight races.

“That was awesome; the car was really good,” said Winterbottom.

β€œIt’s nice to be on pole and use your speed. The boys tuned her up in the gap between races and it was really nice.”

Despite a number of close battles, passes again proved few and far between among the top 10 as drivers concentrated on making their tyres live for the entire 60km journey.

Scott McLaughlin’s rough season continued when he, after running 14th early, was forced into retirement with a throttle problem.

Countryman Shane van Gisbergen meanwhile came home last after re-using his tyre set from the earlier race in order to save an extra set for Sunday.

Teams will run both the hard and soft compound tyres during tomorrow’s 200km race, which will conclude the UBET Perth Super Sprint.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 8, Barbagallo

1 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:34.8717
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 25 24:37.7903
3 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 25 24:38.1228
4 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:38.5186
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 25 24:39.5597
6 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 25 24:39.7903
7 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:42.1443
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 25 24:46.2479
9 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 25 24:46.5647
10 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 25 24:47.2543
11 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 25 24:47.5371
12 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 25 24:50.0219
13 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 25 24:50.7590
14 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 25 24:52.0018
15 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 25 24:52.4845
16 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 25 24:52.7586
17 Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF 25 24:56.3100
18 Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG 25 25:00.0125
19 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 25 25:02.1554
20 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 25 25:04.0556
21 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 25 25:06.6959
22 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 25 25:06.9178
23 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 25 25:20.6363
24 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 25 25:34.4890
DNF Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 11 11:13.2711

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