Here is an Australian V8 supercars. V8 supercars drivers, Mark Winterbottom is primed to go the gap in a struggle with Jamie Whincup and another challengers after the second straight dominant Saturday in his Prodrive Falcon. Winterbottom nonetheless kicks himself for starting the last season constructing an enormous V8 Supercars Championship lead, then blowing it only to see his arch enemy Whincup take a document sixth title.
Between he and teammate Chaz Mostert, they scored a set of Prodrive Racing Australia wins, a second and a 3rd in the two sprint races on the NP300 Nissan Navara Winton SuperSprint, mirroring their shutout in Perth two weeks ago. Winterbottom and Mostert grabbed a win each, simply holding the sector in the seemingly bullet proof FG-X Falcon.
V8 supercars Australia, Nissan Motorsport scored twin podiums with Michael Caruso third in the opener and Rick Kelly second within the rematch as the team awaits the final piece of their puzzle – new engine upgrades that are just around the corner. Winterbottom has a extra pressing agenda. With Whincup sneaking up into third within the Championship nearly un-noticed and by his personal admission off form, ‘Frosty’ is in a far tighter race than he was this time last year.
“We haven’t at all times started nice, we can never put 12 months together,” admitted Winterbottom.
“I was nervous about Winton as a result of we don’t take a look at here. We haven’t really been here within the FG X so I’m stunned how good it is.
“The cars are working effectively they usually’re making sense, which was nice. Qualifying is the principle thing, after which we can race well from there. All in all a really good day and any win in a Supercar is awesome so I’m glad he [Mostert] acquired a win and then I acquired one this afternoon.”
Double points are on the road tomorrow and with the gap to Craig Lowndes narrowed to 9, after he completed 12 and 8, Winterbottom could nicely lead the Championship today. But there are seven drivers inside 112 factors and the top five is separated by solely 83.
“I don’t know what technique will play out however no less than we’ve got tyres at our disposal which is nice,” he said. “We’ve received to make sure we don’t go too conservative, however this track is excessive degradation.”
Rick Kelly sits tenth in the Championship following an excellent day for Nissan with the upgrades on the way.
“It’s not going to be a plug and play thing, we’re going to must hold working on it. We’re fairly nicely off in most areas a part from that one in the engine and we’re persevering with to work on that.
“As soon as that does come along, we’re going to have to do an incredible job like everyone on the technique and the automobile arrange on the weekends to be able to obtain these results.”
Further down the sphere there was chaos on the opening lap with Holden Racing Group teammates James Courtney and Garth Tander making contact, the 2 and stablemate Lee Holdsworth flying off monitor and onto the grass.
The team retired Tander’s Commodore, Holdsworth failed to finish and Courtney obtained a drive via penalty and nursed his broken automotive to 23rd.
Jason Bright and James Moffat also obtained collectively early in the race, the Nissan spinning and rejoining on the back after promising pace from his teammates.
David Reynolds put in another stable efficiency, dwelling in fourth and ahead of Darrell Lea STIX’s Shane van Gisbergen; while Purple Bull noticed each drivers in the prime 10 with Jamie Whincup sixth and Craig Lowndes eighth.
Mostert continued his dominance at Winton within the opener, flying to the end line in the first race with a 2.87sec lead over Winterbottom within the day’s first race.
The young Queenslander scored both ARMOR ALL Pole Positions, topped follow yesterday, and has secured the first win of the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint in the 20-lap dash.
There was some push and shove down the rear of the sector with Dale Wood, Tim Blanchard and Scott McLaughlin exchanging paint. Volvo’s McLaughlin got here off worst, nudged off the circuit and rejoining in twenty fifth – where he started, after drawing a red flag during the day’s first qualifying session.
David Reynolds and Todd Kelly meant three Prodrive cars and two Nissans accomplished the highest 5; Whincup finished ninth and Lowndes 12th; whereas the Walkinshaw Holdens struggled, the highest positioned Courtney in 14th.
The V8 Supercars hit the track tomorrow for practice, qualifying and a 200km strategy-fueled race at the NP300 Navara Winton SuperSprint.
V8 supercars schedule for Tv times
Saturday Highlights: 20.30 ONE, 24.00 TEN.
Sunday – Race 12: 13.15, FOX SPORTS 506
Highlights: 16.00 TEN, 20.30 ONE.