Winterbottom claims maiden V8 Supercars crown

Tom Howard

Saturday 5th December, 2015 - 6:00pm

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Mark Winterbottom has scooped the 2015 V8 Supercars title

Mark Winterbottom has scooped the 2015 V8 Supercars title

Mark Winterbottom has claimed a breakthrough V8 Supercars title with a third place finish in Race 35 at the Coates Hire Sydney 500, won by Jamie Whincup.

The Prodrive driver only needed to finish 20th or better to claim the coveted prize in Australian motorsport following his fifth pace finish in Race 34.

The triumph comes after 10 seasons competing in V8 Supercars at Prodrive Racing Australia, formerly known as Ford Performance Racing.

Winterbottom’s success represents the team’s first V8 Supercars drivers’ title.

“I have a few tears under this visor,” said Winterbottom upon realising his achievement.

“I’m so emotional, I’m speechless it is just awesome. Thanks to all the guys at the team.

“I’ve dreamt about this for such a long time.”

Whincup produced a second commanding victory as he led home David Reynolds and Winterbottom at the flag.

The Red Bull driver dominated the race from start to finish as he quickly opened up a healthy lead over Reynolds in the opening the laps.

A Safety Car period caused by Prodrive’ Steve Owen, who came to a halt with an engine issue on lap 10, briefly threatened to change the complexion of the race.

However, such was Whincup’s advantage he managed to pit during the Safety Car and rejoin in the lead.

Reynolds suffered a brief scare when smoke began to put from his front left, but it failed to prevent him from from claiming second, ahead of Winterbottom, who produced a slick drive to finish a comfortable third.

The Holden Racing Team’s James Courtney enjoyed a relatively lonely race to finish fourth ahead of Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen.

Craig Lowndes witnessed his title hopes disappear in seventh, while Rick Kelly, Scott Pye and Lee Holdsworth completed the top 10.

In a race of few incidents, Nissan’s James Moffat produced the only other dramatic moment when he misjudged the chicane and ploughed into the tyre barriers, breaking his front right suspension.

Result: V8 Supercars Coates Hire Sydney 500 Race 35

1 Red Bull Racing Australia Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore VF 37 58:11.3197
2 The Bottle-O Racing Team David Reynolds Ford Falcon FG/X 37 58:13.1405
3 Pepsi Max Crew Mark Winterbottom Ford Falcon FG/X 37 58:16.8014
4 Holden Racing Team James Courtney Holden Commodore VF 37 58:18.4445
5 Wilson Security Racing GRM Scott McLaughlin Volvo S60 37 58:19.3666
6 Team Darrell Lea STIX Shane Van Gisbergen Holden Commodore VF 37 58:21.6940
7 Red Bull Racing Australia Craig Lowndes Holden Commodore VF 37 58:22.0867
8 Nissan Motorsport Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 37 58:22.5449
9 DJR Team Penske Scott Pye Ford Falcon FG/X 37 58:25.9689
10 Walkinshaw Racing Lee Holdsworth Holden Commodore VF 37 58:26.4235
11 Erebus Motorsport V8 Will Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 37 58:30.6414
12 Holden Racing Team Garth Tander Holden Commodore VF 37 58:32.4958
13 GB Galvanizing Racing Dale Wood Holden Commodore VF 37 58:39.8836
14 Freightliner Racing Fabian Coulthard Holden Commodore VF 37 58:40.4131
15 Nissan Motorsport Michael Caruso Nissan Altima 37 58:41.2614
16 Nissan Motorsport Todd Kelly Nissan Altima 37 58:46.4834
17 Repair Management Aust Racing Jack Perkins Holden Commodore VF 37 58:47.8312
18 Super Black Racing Chris Pither Ford Falcon FG/X 37 58:48.6766
19 Wilson Security Racing GRM David Wall Volvo S60 37 58:49.2849
20 Supercheap Auto Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore VF 37 58:49.6902
21 Team Cooldrive Tim Blanchard Holden Commodore VF 37 59:05.5153
22 Erebus Motorsport V8 Alex Davison Mercedes E63 AMG 37 59:11.7007
23 Team BOC Jason Bright Holden Commodore VF 35 58:55.4473
DNF Nissan Motorsport James Moffat Nissan Altima 17 29:26.9484
DNF Pepsi Max Crew Steve Owen Ford Falcon FG/X  8 13:03.4699

Championship Standings

1 Mark Winterbottom 3126
2 Craig Lowndes 2906
3 David Reynolds 2799
4 Shane van Gisbergen 2562
5 Garth Tander 2512
6 Jamie Whincup 2509
7 Fabian Coulthard 2464
8 Scott McLaughlin 2157
9 James Courtney 2066
10 Rick Kelly 2025
11 Chaz Mostert 2017
12 Michael Caruso 1808
13 Tim Slade 1764
14 Jason Bright 1626
15 Will Davison 1621
16 Lee Holdsworth 1603
17 Todd Kelly 1598
18 James Moffat 1586
19 Scott Pye 1505
20 Dale Wood 1283
21 Tim Blanchard 1209
22 Nick Percat 1204
23 Andre Heimgartner 1068
24 David Wall 1064
25 Ash Walsh 769
26 Jack Perkins 747
27 Warren Luff 747
28 Dean Canto 733
29 Steve Owen 706
30 Jonathan Webb 699
31 Steven Richards 681
32 Cameron Waters 595
33 Luke Youlden 516
34 David Russell 492
35 Alex Premat 492
36 Tony D’Alberto 462
37 Sebastien Bourdais 423
38 Taz Douglas 416
39 Russell Ingall 414
40 Paul Dumbrell 410
41 Dean Fiore 399
42 Marcos Ambrose 395
43 Andrew Jones 345
44 Macauley Jones 327
45 Alex Davison 327
46 Karl Reindler 288
47 Alex Buncombe 276
48 Chris Pither 264
49 Oliver Gavin 258
50 Ant Pedersen 185
51 Jack Le Brocq 144
52 Aaren Russell 108
53 Drew Russell 108
54 Simona de Silvestro 84
55 Renee Gracie 84

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