Winterbottom doubles up in Ipswich sprints

Mark Winterbottom proved a double winner on Saturday at Ipswich

Mark Winterbottom proved a double winner on Saturday at Ipswich

Mark Winterbottom fended off title rival Craig Lowndes to score back-to-back sprint race wins at Queensland Raceway.

Pole-sitter Lowndes kept his advantage at the first corner, but could not stop the Prodrive Ford from scything down the inside at Turn 2.

Lowndes kept the pressure on for the remainder of the 20 lap contest, but did not have enough speed to find a way around Winterbottom.

A wild moment for Lowndes on the exit of Turn 1 on the penultimate lap spelt an end to the battle, with the final winning margin 0.9s.

“I got a really, really good start but obviously Craig got a good one too,” smiled Winterbottom.

“The over under worked at Turn 1. After that my car wasn’t quite as quick as his but when you’re behind it’s all about track position.”

Lowndes admitted that he needed a significant mistake from Winterbottom in order to retake the lead, but it never came.

“We had the pace to stay with him but we made a little mistake out of Turn 1 just trying to over-commit when the tyres were fading away,” said Lowndes.

“We tried to pressure them as much as we could. He made a couple of little mistakes but not enough to get by. It’s a credit to Frosty. He’s been strong all weekend.”

As was the case in Darwin last month, the soft tyre sprint race provided distinctly less action than that seen in the earlier hard tyre heat.

Chaz Mostert completed the podium after a mid-race pass on stablemate David Reynolds, while Jamie Whincup and Todd Kelly completed the top six.

Reynolds had jumped from sixth to third with a lightning start, squeezing between Mostert and McLaughlin on the run to Turn 1.

McLaughlin ran wide at the second corner and eventually finished ninth, trailing home seventh placed Will Davison and eighth placed James Courtney.

Ash Walsh held seventh in the early stages before falling foul of a power steering failure.

Shane van Gisbergen was also on the retirements list after failing to get off the grid with an apparent driveline failure.

The striken Tekno Holden triggered a Safety Car, but not before contact between Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat at Turn 3 caused race-ending damage to the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden.

Result: V8 Supercars Race 19, Queensland Raceway

1 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 20 25:20.0058
2 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 20 25:20.8897
3 Pepsi Max Crew Chaz Mostert Ford Falcon FG/X 20 25:23.7818
4 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 20 25:24.8082
5 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 20 25:25.1743
6 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 20 25:28.1349
7 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 20 25:28.5598
8 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 20 25:29.4743
9 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 20 25:30.4815
10 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 20 25:32.4797
11 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 20 25:32.8992
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 20 25:34.1574
13 Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 20 25:34.5616
14 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 20 25:39.2255
15 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 20 25:39.3377
16 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 20 25:41.2316
17 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 20 25:41.7603
18 Super Black Racing Andre Heimgartner Ford Falcon FG/X 20 25:42.5551
19 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 20 25:42.8899
20 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 20 25:43.1359
21 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 20 25:46.1712
22 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 20 25:46.6006
DNF Erebus Motorsport V8 Ashley Walsh Mercedes E63 AMG  5  7:42.1233
DNF Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF
DNF Repair Management Aust Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore VF

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 1615
2 Craig Lowndes 1350
3 Chaz Mostert 1302
4 David Reynolds 1300
5 James Courtney 1271
6 Fabian Coulthard 1269
7 Jamie Whincup 1171
8 Garth Tander 1151
9 Shane van Gisbergen 1123
10 Rick Kelly 943
11 Todd Kelly 883
12 Michael Caruso 817
13 Tim Slade 807
14 Scott McLaughlin 804
15 Will Davison 790
16 James Moffat 789
17 Jason Bright 778
18 Nick Percat 716
19 Lee Holdsworth 712
20 Dale Wood 667
21 Scott Pye 614
22 Andre Heimgartner 603
23 Tim Blanchard 581
24 David Wall 565
25 Ash Walsh 424
26 Marcos Ambrose 125

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