Hidden Valley: Close shave for Orrcon Racing

CLOSE SHAVE FOR ORRCON RACING For the second successive round of the V8 Supercar Series, Larkham -- Orrcon Racing has endured a close shave. In China it was Mark Winterbottom whose dice with a drain grate tore a gaping hole through the floor...

CLOSE SHAVE FOR ORRCON RACING

For the second successive round of the V8 Supercar Series, Larkham -- Orrcon Racing has endured a close shave.

In China it was Mark Winterbottom whose dice with a drain grate tore a gaping hole through the floor of his Orrcon Racing Falcon, but luckily Darwin's recent close shave wasn't nearly as dramatic.

When Winterbottom joined the Gold Coast based team at the start of last year his lead mechanic Justin "Pecker" Burns stated, "If Frosty makes a top ten shootout I will shave my head."

After being 12th fastest in practice, a top-ten shootout debut appearance seemed likely for 24-year-old Winterbottom. As if the personal satisfaction of making the shootout wasn't enough for the former V8 Supercar Rookie of the Year, Burns' declaration added to the equation.

Major sponsor Orrcon, manufacturer and distributor of steel tube, also chipping in, committing $1,000 to be donated to designated charity, CanTeen once the head shave had been confirmed.

During Saturday's qualifying session Winterbottom set the fifth fastest time and in the process qualified for the first top ten shootout of his career, ensuring Burns traded his red locks for a slick new look.

"Over the past 18 months I've come close to making the shootout a couple of times but to finally make it gives me a real sense of achievement," said Winterbottom.

"I was sure to give Pecker a friendly reminder after we had made it into the top ten and while at first he was a little nervous about the head shave, once he discovered he was also helping a great cause he had no hesitation."

"I haven't yet heard what he's going to do when we make the podium for the first time but whatever it is I hope we can have this happening some time soon."

While a turn one incident in the opening race dented the hopes for a podium finish, the team took solace from what had already been achieved over the weekend.

A career-first top ten shootout for Winterbottom, a new look for his lead mechanic and $1,000 being donated to CanTeen proving a worthwhile account in Darwin.

The next round of the V8 Supercar Championship is the Queensland 300 on July 22 -- 24.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom