Winterbottom heads Prodrive 1-2

Mark Winterbottom drew first blood at Barbagallo Raceway, winning the weekend’s first race comfortably from team-mate Chaz Mostert.

The pair started the race first and second on the grid, but switched positions on the run to the first corner after Winterbottom made the better of the starts.

That was essentially the end of the race, the team-mates refusing to fight, instead working together to dictate the pace at the front of the field and protect their fickle Dunlop rubber.

The only threat to the Prodrive pair came from Craig Lowndes. The Triple Eight Commodore driver was able to shadow the leaders for the entire race, but failed to make any sort of genuine challenge for the lead, and ultimately cruised home third.

"Chaz had quicker car, but I got him off the line," said Winterbottom. "A 1-2 is awesome. It’s great for Ford fans, every year they support us. A 1-2 is as good as it gets."

Shane van Gisbergen and Jason Bright rounded out the top five, although the pair did have some help in the form of Garth Tander’s retirement. Tander had looked good for a decent finish at his home circuit, only to have a left-rear suspension failure mid-way through the contest.

“It just failed, on the short shift out of turn four,” Tander explained.

“I thought it was a puncture, but I didn’t get an alarm on the dash. But I knew it was some sort of failure. I was pretty gutted.”

David Reynolds contributed to Prodrive’s good start to the day by finishing sixth, having survived an early scare while battling James Courtney. The pair made contact coming over the hill on the run to turn seven, Reynolds forced to take evasive action to avoid a crash.

Will Davison finished seventh, best of the Erebus Mercedes, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and the Nissan of Rick Kelly.

Courtney held on to finish 10th, the Holden Racing Team driver struggling for grip throughout the majority of the race.

Jamie Whincup, meanwhile, lost the championship lead to Lowndes, despite battling his way from P21 on the grid to 15th at the finish.

Pos   Driver   Car   Laps   Time   Gap
1 M.Winterbottom Ford 25 24'36.1409  
2 Chaz Mostert Ford 25 24'36.7337 0.5928
3 Craig Lowndes Holden 25 24'39.0974 2.9565
4 S.van Gisbergen Holden 25 24'44.9374 8.7965
5 Jason Bright Holden 25 24'45.3156 9.1747
6 David Reynolds Ford 25 24'46.2600 10.1191
7 Will Davison Mercedes 25 24'49.1140 12.9731
8 Fabian Coulthard Holden 25 24'52.4445 16.3036
9 Rick Kelly Nissan 25 24'54.1019 17.9610
10 James Courtney Holden 25 24'54.6180 18.4771
11 Scott McLaughlin Volvo 25 24'56.0444 19.9035
12 Todd Kelly Nissan 25 25'00.4572 24.3163
13 James Moffat Nissan 25 25'01.1844 25.0435
14 Lee Holdsworth Holden 25 25'01.3847 25.2438
15 Jamie Whincup Holden 25 25'01.7223 25.5814
16 Tim Slade Holden 25 25'02.7632 26.6223
17 Ashley Walsh Mercedes 25 25'03.6751 27.5342
18 Michael Caruso Nissan 25 25'04.0231 27.8822
19 Nick Percat Holden 25 25'04.3282 28.1873
20 Tim Blanchard Holden 25 25'05.2681 29.1272
21 A.Heimgartner Ford 25 25'05.7559 29.6150
22 Scott Pye Ford 25 25'06.6613 30.5204
23 David Wall Volvo 25 25'07.3781 31.2372
24 Dale Wood Holden 25 25'07.7948 31.6539
RET Garth Tander Holden 7 6'52.7184  

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Series Supercars
Event Perth
Track Barbagallo Raceway
Drivers Craig Lowndes , Mark Winterbottom , Chaz Mostert
Teams Prodrive Racing Australia
Article type Race report