Winterbottom fends off Reynolds for Race 16 win

Saturday 11th July, 2015 - 6:03pm

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Mark Winterbottom scored victory in Race 16

Mark Winterbottom scored victory in Race 16

Prodrive continued its stellar V8 Supercars season as Mark Winterbottom led David Reynolds to a one-two finish in Race 16 at the Castrol Edge Townsville 400.

Winterbottom set up the win by sweeping around the outside of pole-sitter Chaz Mostert at Turn 1, going on to lead all laps outside the pitstop cycles.

The championship leader eventually held off Reynolds by just 0.3s after The Bottle-O Ford failed to find a way through in a tense finish.

“We pushed the limits on the tyres and there was nothing left in the end,” said the winner. “Davey was really close and I thought he might have a go.”

Although the bulk of the field ran what has now become the standard tyre strategy of soft-hard-soft in the 200km race, different stint lengths and fuel loads still provided plenty of strategic intrigue.

Prodrive appeared to be headed for its first podium sweep with Mostert sitting third, within two seconds of the lead, when the second and final stops shook out at the halfway mark.

The #6 Pepsi Ford plummeted down the order in the closing stages however, dropping from third to eighth in the final 10 laps.

Mark Winterbottom celebrates victory in Race 16

Mark Winterbottom celebrates victory in Race 16

Prodrive had pushed the envelope on tyre life, triggering the second round of stops earlier than many expected by pitting Mostert with 40 laps still to run.

Fabian Coulthard was the first of those to pick-off Mostert before charging after the top two, eventually taking the flag just 1.5s behind Reynolds.

Starting eighth, Coulthard had gained important track position by short-filling at his first stop.

Scott McLaughlin scored Volvo’s best result of the season with a solid drive to fourth, just seven seconds behind the winner in a race devoid of Safety Car periods.

Scott Pye completed the top five in another encouraging outing for DJR Team Penske.

Holden Racing Team duo James Courtney and Garth Tander drove solidly to sixth and seventh respectively ahead of Mostert, Jamie Whincup and Shane van Gisbergen.

The race was largely devoid of incidents, save for some first lap contact between Todd Kelly and Andre Heimgartner that sent the Super Black Ford to the pits with a flat tyre.

Others to suffer delays included Dale Wood (flat battery) and Nick Percat, who was the only non-finisher after falling foul of mechanical troubles in the closing stages.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 16, Townsville 

1
Pepsi Max Crew
Mark Winterbottom
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:29:22.57
01:13.60
2
The Bottle-O Racing Team
David Reynolds
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:29:22.84
01:13.71
3
Freightliner Racing
Fabian Coulthard
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:24.07
01:14.05
4
Wilson Security Racing GRM
Scott McLaughlin
Volvo S60
01:29:29.56
01:13.84
5
DJR Team Penske
Scott Pye
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:29:30.21
01:13.95
6
Holden Racing Team
James Courtney
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:34.25
01:13.95
7
Holden Racing Team
Garth Tander
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:38.46
01:14.09
8
Pepsi Max Crew
Chaz Mostert
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:29:43.06
01:13.62
9
Red Bull Racing Australia
Jamie Whincup
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:44.20
01:13.65
10
Team Darrell Lea STIX
Shane Van Gisbergen
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:45.58
01:14.37
11
Nissan Motorsport
James Moffat
Nissan Altima
01:29:46.13
01:14.26
12
Erebus Motorsport V8
Will Davison
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:29:47.14
01:14.23
13
Walkinshaw Racing
Lee Holdsworth
Holden Commodore VF
01:30:05.72
01:14.39
14
Red Bull Racing Australia
Craig Lowndes
Holden Commodore VF
01:30:06.63
01:14.22
15
Nissan Motorsport
Michael Caruso
Nissan Altima
01:30:07.42
01:14.01
16
Nissan Motorsport
Rick Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:30:09.25
01:14.25
17
Nissan Motorsport
Todd Kelly
Nissan Altima
01:30:09.77
01:14.20
18
Wilson Security Racing GRM
David Wall
Volvo S60
01:30:16.63
01:14.46
19
Team BOC
Jason Bright
Holden Commodore VF
01:30:22.37
01:14.34
20
Supercheap Auto Racing
Tim Slade
Holden Commodore VF
01:30:27.57
01:14.83
21
Team Cooldrive
Tim Blanchard
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:31.55
01:14.06
22
Erebus Motorsport V8
Ashley Walsh
Mercedes E63 AMG
01:29:57.73
01:15.05
23
Super Black Racing
Andre Heimgartner
Ford Falcon FG/X
01:29:32.11
01:15.77
24
GB Galvanizing Racing
Dale Wood
Holden Commodore VF
01:29:44.94
01:14.53
DNF
Repair Management Aust Racing
Nick Percat
Holden Commodore VF
01:13:56.21
01:14.41

Updated V8 Supercars Championship standings after Race 16

1
Mark Winterbottom
1315
2
Fabian Coulthard
1139
3
Craig Lowndes
1133
4
Chaz Mostert
1081
5
David Reynolds
1063
6
James Courtney
1037
7
Shane Van Gisbergen
1018
8
Garth Tander
966
9
Jamie Whincup
963
10
Rick Kelly
828
11
Todd Kelly
732
12
Scott McLaughlin
693
13
Michael Caruso
684
14
Jason Bright
682
15
Tim Slade
680
16
Will Davison
670
17
James Moffat
657
18
Nick Percat
623
19
Dale Wood
576
20
Lee Holdsworth
569
21
Scott Pye
527
22
Tim Blanchard
494
23
David Wall
486
24
Andre Heimgartner
458
25
Ashley Walsh
364
26
Marcos Ambrose
125

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