FROSTY TAKES 'TOUGHEST WIN OF CAREER' Mark Winterbottom drove a stunning and gutsy race at Surfers Paradise today, taking a dominant victory despite suffering from glandular fever. The Orrcon Steel FPR driver described the 300km race, which he...
FROSTY TAKES 'TOUGHEST WIN OF CAREER'
Mark Winterbottom drove a stunning and gutsy race at Surfers Paradise today, taking a dominant victory despite suffering from glandular fever.
The Orrcon Steel FPR driver described the 300km race, which he completed in 50+ degree cabin heat, as one of the toughest of his career. From outside, however, he made it look easy, scything though from sixth in qualifying to P2 at the end of this morning's part A and snatching the lead off the start in part B of the V8 Championship's 20th 2009 race.
From there he never looked in danger of losing his Nikon SuperGP victory and has finally taken home a winner's surfboard trophy after previously netting four for second-place.
Team-mate Steve Richards was given a drive-through penalty in part A after a coming together with Greg Murphy. He emerged 25th and drove a strong fight-back to finish 12th. In the afternoon's part B, Richo was fighting for a top ten spot when a bold move by Whincup, which is being investigated by the stewards, saw him end in the wall.
The cars will be back on track at Phillip Island from November 6-8.
Orrcon Steel FPR Falcon
"To have a car that can finish around here despite banging every panel on every tyre bundle shows what a great car we've got.
"It's been a tough weekend and I'm glad it's over that's for sure. The doctor gave me my final jab this morning so to finish in the way we did here ranks very highly in my career. It was one of the toughest races I've ever had but if you keep pushing hard you forget about the pain. It's a mental battle rather than physical, although I was having trouble feeling my legs towards the end.
"It's been a while since I won and coming so close yesterday was so disappointing; it was important to get it today and finish the job off. It's a massive relief; we're a team that should be winning and now we are back in the winners circle."
Castrol FPR Falcon
"I got a drive-through penalty in the morning's race after giving Murph the tiniest of touches. Unfortunately it was enough to turn him around. After that I had no idea where we were on the track during part A; not until I came in to see at the end! What's the point?! I knew my race was half shot when I got the drive through so it didn't matter.
"From my perspective I've just got to catch the next car and get past it. I just did my best not to make any mistakes and maximise every second I was on track. I had good advantage there when I had clear track; I was able to keep pressing on.
"In this afternoon's race Whincup fired down the inside of Bargwana and I was following him through. It all looked like it was going to be easy but I copped a whack in the rear. I was just trying to fill the spot and we were unlucky."
"What better way to make up for the huge disappointment we had a Bathurst than to come here and win like this. It's a huge credit to all of the team to rebuild the very same car that went up in flames at Mount Panorama and come out this reliable and competitive. I just want to say a huge thank you to all of the team for their efforts over the last two weeks. Roll on the rest of the year`"